The next national forum of non-governmental organizations of Kyrgyzstan ended in a scandal. The conflict situation was provoked by the chairman of the Human Rights Commission under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tursunbek Akun, who said in an interview to Channel Five that grantees are not eligible to participate in political actions. Frankly hinting that the public organization legal clinic "Adilet", headed by Cholpon Dzhakupova, used grant funds to finance opposition rallies. Such half hints of Tursunbek Akun caused the effect of a bombshell. At the same time, the “most important human rights activist of the country” did not provide any evidence and did not refute his statement, only clumsily saying that the Fifth Channel journalists, who mounted everything, are to blame for everything. The word "montage" sounded almost like a sentence to journalists. Generally, Tursunbek Akun has a long-time dislike for this channel. He constantly blames them for not conveying his words in such a way.
As a result, the forum was divided into three parts from the scandalous statements of the Tursunbek Akuna. It is noteworthy that very few people from the non-governmental sector came to the defense of Cholpon Dzhakupova. Even the statement in her defense, which later appeared in the local press, was signed by only two public organizations. Although the forum was about a hundred representatives of the third sector of civil society from across the country. Moreover, all the two days of the forum, all forum participants spoke about the need for solidarity within the civil sector, within non-governmental organizations. These pitiful pleas for solidarity drowned in the silence of the hall, figuratively speaking. The moderators of the forum did not even allow Cholpon Dzhakupova to speak, arguing that it was not necessary to arrange a “Lynch court”. But, the red rooster was released. At the same time, the forum’s motto was: “Strong NGOs - Strong Kyrgyzstan”, which, after this incident, can be rephrased as “Separated NGOs - Weak Kyrgyzstan”.
The whole piquancy of the situation is that Tursunbek Akun himself left the non-governmental sector. Representatives of the non-governmental organizations “Interbilim” and “Taza-Tabigat” reminded him of this in their address on this incident. “According to the logic of Tursunbek Akun, it turns out that all organizations of the civil sector that took part in the events of March 24, 2005, like himself, used Western grant funds to effect a change of power. We are sorry that it was Tursunbek Akun, who should be on guard of the rights and freedoms of citizens of Kyrgyzstan, who violated the values and principles of human rights work. We demand that Tursunbek Akun, the chairman of human rights under the country's president, publicly apologize Cholpon Dzhakupova and the Adilet Legal Clinic public foundation team to the civil sector of Kyrgyzstan in general, ”the statement reads.
So far, the “most important human rights defender of the country” has not responded to such a statement. And what to take with him, becoming a government official, he spoke differently. According to the organizers of the forum, they did not invite Tursunbek Akun. He came himself. It turns out that he intentionally came to make a scandalous statement? Or he was offended that he was not given the floor on the first day. They did not respect, so he talked in a hurry. Who knows, because he is always accompanied by scandalous fame.
It can be assumed that the statement of Tursunbek Akun is just a trial balloon in order to probe the civilian sector for loyalty to the authorities. Frankly, the authorities have practically announced that they will tighten the screws with the mouth of the human rights chair under the country's president. Moreover, the Minister of Justice and even the country's ombudsman previously spoke of the need for control by the state and the prevention of financing from outside local NGOs. In such a campaign, Tursunbek Akun will not be bored because he is not alone in wanting to rein in the “unreliable” NGOs in Kyrgyzstan.
Such a phobia in relation to the non-governmental sector among the official authorities of Kyrgyzstan appeared after the “tulip revolution”. Because all the political forces of the country, both the former and current authorities recognize that the non-governmental organizations of the country have played their key role in the “tulip revolution”. Many people then saw the full power and influence of the civil sector. The specificity of the development of non-governmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan is such that the third sector of civil society has long played the role of political parties and movements in the political life of the country. Therefore, the politicization of the activities of some NGOs or the degree of their involvement in the active political life of the country is the most controversial and sensitive issue. No one can give an exact answer, can an NGO or its member engage in politics, political activities. On the one hand, NGOs consist of citizens of the country who are guaranteed by the Constitution the right to engage in politics. On the other hand, given the financial strength of non-governmental organizations in the country, the Kyrgyz authorities fear the interference of third forces in the political life of the country. The budget of some national public organizations has long exceeded the budgets of regions in the regions. Many of the third sector of civil society are no longer satisfied with their role in it, trying to influence policy in order to change reality. Therefore, a phobia in relation to the non-governmental sector is only gaining momentum.
It is symbolic that the forum was ignored by a number of well-known public network organizations that have long been actively involved in politics. This is Tolekan Ismailova, who heads the Citizens Against Corruption public organization; Asiya Sasykbaeva, head of the public organization “Interbilim”, is an active supporter of the opposition and Toktoayayym Umetalieva, who represents an association of NGOs created during the rule of Akayev during the peak of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society. Moreover, Tolekan Ismailova and Asiya Sasykbaeva were among the speakers at the forum. Why they did not come, no one began to explain. True, Tolekan Ismailova said something extensive in her excuse in the local media that she did not like (!) The name of one of the sessions and didn’t want to give the report to her at all. Therefore, she ignored the work of the forum. Frankly speaking. Although, the forum had a lot of former, and perhaps even real members of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, which it headed for a long period. It was possible to come at least because of respect for them. Therefore, such an open disregard for the work of the forum by a number of leading non-governmental organizations in the country only confirms the thesis about the strong disunity of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan. Because after the “Tulip Revolution” they all tasted a little pie called “power”.