President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
Special Representative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) on gender development issues
Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic
Public of Kyrgyzstan
LETTER OF ADDRESS
We, the underwritten, consider it a civic duty to express our concern
about the initiative of the Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic to
introduce a criminal liability for women and medical workers terminating
12-22 weeks pregnancy under social indications.
During its independence, Kyrgyzstan has made serious steps towards
democratisation and gender development. It has ratified more than 40 UN
conventions on human rights, including the main legal instrument on
gender equality ? Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW, ratified in 1997).
In compliance with the CEDAW Committee’s General Recommendation #21 —
Equality in Marriage and Family Relations — the decision of a woman to
have or not to have a child “must not be limited by spouse, parent,
partner or Government”. In addition, the Committee recommends States
parties to “ensure that measures are taken to prevent coercion in
regard to fertility and reproduction” (General Recommendation #19.
Violence against Women.).
According to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Repoductive Rigths
(Article 12) ≪a woman can not be forced by anyone to pregnancy,
abortion, or delivery. Such actions are qualified as violence agains
Termination of pregnancy, especially in late terms, is always an
extreme step. It roots in a complex combination of discriminatory
mechanisms reproduced by the state and the society.
Raising the issue of the possibility of repressive sanctions against
women in exercising their basic guaranteed freedoms and rights severely
violates constitutional rights of a person and discriminates women.
Introduction of the proposed amendment, in fact, means a reversal of
democratic processes and a withdrawal from gender mainstreaming course.
The global experience demostrates that the decreases in the abortion
rates are achieved not through violent repressions against women and
medical personnel, but rather through targeted state policies
supporting maternity, children, families, and reproductive rights.
Effective regulation of reproductive behavior of people relies on a
wide access to information and services on family planning.
We firmly believe that, if the measures suggested by the Ombudsman —
namely the introduction of the criminal liability for termination of
pregnancy of 12-22 weeks gestation — are adopted, the situation with
reproductive rights and humanitarian security will deteriorate.
Narrowed access to quality healthcare may feed the illegal abortions
industry, which kills hundreds of women worldwide every day. Other
facets of such measure are abandoned and slaughtered children and
destroyed families. It will be hard to estimate economic damages from
such political step. Maintenance of orphanages and prisons, as well as
treatment and rehabilitation of victims of street abortions, and
additional losses in manpower will become an extra burden for the
We express our confidence, that the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Members of the Jogorku Kenesh, and the Government will not allow the adoption of the Ombudsman’s proposition as breaking fundamental human rights and contradicting both the national and international legislation.
June 07, 2006
Women Support Center
firstname.lastname@example.org; 546614 phone/fax
Reproductive Health Alliance
email@example.com; 549384 phone/fax
Kyrgyz Family Planning Alliance
Rural Women’s NGO “Alga”
firstname.lastname@example.org; 610022 phone/fax
Social Technologies Agency
email@example.com; 611143, 610297 phone/fax
Civil Initiative Center ‘Leader’
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; 0-3922-54184 phone/fax
firstname.lastname@example.org; 680024 phone/fax
Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan
email@example.com; 214585 phone/fax