Training workshops on preventing and combating the use of hate speech for youth and civic activists took place in all regions of Kyrgyzstan from 6th – 23rd September 2021. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), jointly with the Institute of Civic Development held these events in the run up to the country’s Parliamentary elections within the […]
In 2021, WFD Kyrgyzstan marked a decade’s work to support key democratic institution across the Kyrgyz Republic. Our programmes helped local councils and parliament to interact more with the people they serve and represent. WFD worked to increase the opportunities that people in Kyrgyzstan have to take part in decision-making. More than that, our activities aim to help people oversee and hold government accountable for decisions that affect their lives. We did this by providing technical support, sharing UK expertise, and facilitating peer-to-peer learning in and outside of the country.
WFD supported Kyrgyzstan as it works to achieve the ambitions it set out in its plans under the Open Government Partnership. These plans set out a roadmap to open parliament up to the people it represents so they can access information, know what parliament is discussing, and know how they can get involved.
WFD’s activities in the Kyrgyz Republic included: working with a local radio station to inform the Batken community about local government responsibilities and engage young people in local politics; helping aspiring women politicians gain they skills and knowledge they need to run for office; and supporting local councils to improve schools and waste management through better oversight. WFD brought MPs and Councillors from Kyrgyzstan to the UK for peer-to-peer learning and exchange sessions.
Finally, as part of a group of European organisations, WFD nurtured media reform in the country to help increase access to information and prevent use of hate speech during elections.
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WFD and the Institute of Civic Development have launched a campaign to challenge hate speech in Kyrgyzstan in the run up to the country’s parliamentary elections.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy, within the framework of EU-funded Media Dialogue project, conducted an analysis of the legal framework for the Right to Information (RTI) in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, focusing on the Law on Access to Information (ATI), as well as the Law on Guarantees and other related laws. The analysis was carried […]