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Presidential Candidates are encouraged to sign the Agreement on Rights and Freedoms

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Presidential Candidates are encouraged to sign the Agreement on Rights and Freedoms

Candidates for the presidency of the Kyrgyz Republic are invited to meet with a coalition of representatives of the media sector, civil society, and professional communities to discuss the key role that the protection and promotion of civic rights and freedoms, freedom of expression and pluralism of opinions play for the democratic development of the country. Representatives will introduce the “Agreements on Rights and Freedoms”, which includes a set of principles for the promotion of civic rights and freedoms they would like to be upheld and promoted by the forthcoming President.

The Agreement was jointly drafted by the coalition of representatives themselves, which currently include more than 30 actors, from media outlets, digital activists, civil society, professional communities, andNGOs. All candidates running for the presidential elections have been invited to take place to the discussion and are encouraged to join the “Agreement on Rights and Freedoms” and commit to uphold civic rights and freedoms in Kyrgyzstan.

Signing the Agreement testifies the support for the promotion of an inclusive and transparent decision-making process by the candidate for President of the Kyrgyz Republic; observance of the rule of law, and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech; preserving freedom of speech as a fundamental right of citizens and the primary condition for the activities of the media, including on the Internet.

The meeting and potential signature of the “Agreement on Rights and Freedoms” with the Kyrgyz Republic’s presidential candidates will take place on 23 December at 15:30 at the Park Hotel in Bishkek. The event will be held with the support of the Media Dialogue project.

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