Number of torture in Kyrgyz Republic had fallen, NCPT director
Bishkek hosted the Human Rights in Criminal Justice System National Forum, dedicated to the Human Rights Day, celebrated on Dec.10.
During the event, Director of the National Center for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT), Nurdin Sulaimanov officially stated that the number of torture in the Kyrgyz Republic had fallen.
According to him, in 2019, there was a decrease in the number of torture in the country.
“The conclusions are based on the statistics of respondents’ requests in places of detention. At the same time, the total number of appeals to the NCPT decreased slightly. In the early years of the Center’s activity, we received about 80% of complaints during preventive visits directly from people in closed institutions. Now this figure does not exceed 40-45%,” said the director.
Sulaimanov once again noted that this year’s decrease is insignificant and it mainly concerns cruel torture with the use of various objects, such as batons and so on.
However, this is also progress and the beginning of the path.
“First of all, the positive dynamics is due to the fact that the society has become more literate in the legal framework, in addition, a significant role is played by the non-governmental sector,” he added.
In 2018, the NCPT has received 238 complaints, of which 138 were for torture and 32 for ill-treatment.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency