Kyrgyzstan Interior Ministry Proposed New Law On Countering Extremism

Officials at the Interior Ministry of Kyrgyzstan said they have developed a new law on countering extremism activities in the country.

The draft of the counter-extremism law was submitted for further discussions which seek to amend the current law adopted in August 2005.

An Interior Ministry statement said that the main objective of the new law is to protect human rights and freedoms,

“There is a need for a strong law to protect foundations of the constitutional system, territorial integrity, and national security of Kyrgyzstan from extremist activities,” the statement added.

The new law aimed to establish a legal and organizational basis among security sectors on countering extremist activities after “security officials observed destructive activities of some individuals under the shackles of different welfare organizations.” 

The Interior Ministry further claimed that destructive activities of religious organizations are carried out under the guise of a charitable groups. 

The ministry explained that some religious groups had recruited more minors into the ranks of extremist organizations, but in certain circumstances, they are not subject to criminal liability.

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