A New Conflict Monitoring Center to Open in Kyrgyzstan

31 Mar 2014

imageResidents of Karabek village (Batken province) located near the border with Tajikistan. Credit: Vlad Ushakov / UNDP.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – A unique Conflict Monitoring Center will be created as part of the Concept on Strengthening the Unity of People and Inter-ethnic Relations in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Center will be the first and the only body so far that will monitor all the information on ethnic , religious and other issues coming from the regions of the country that require an immediate response from the government. It will be based on the State Agency for Local Government and Inter-ethnic relations under the Kyrgyz Republic Government. UNDP will provide technical and financial support to the center as par of its Peace and Development Programme.

"The Conflict Monitoring Center will accumulate current information used by law enforcement bodies, which will be analyzed by an expert group based on indicators. Currently, it is carrying out preliminary work with people and local self-governments in the regions, so that they are able to fill out simple questionnaires and organize discussions to identify areas of tensions in a certain area" said Mira Karybaeva, Head of the Department on Ethnic, Religious Policies and Civil Society Relations under the President’s Office.

According to the director of the State Agency for Local Government and Inter-ethnic relations Naken Kasiev, the main purpose of the monitoring center is to provide operational advice and suggestions on the improvement of inter-ethnic relations in the country .

"It is important that the Center’s staff will be true professionals, ready to go to the regions at any moment. The Centre will collect, compile, analyze and present recommendations to senior management of the State Agency for timely response to tensions, as well as to study the positive international experience in solving inter-ethnic problems" shares his vision of the center Mr. Kasiev.

During March 2014 the center already carried out the first survey in 60 village districts in Batken, Osh, Jalal- Abad and Chui provinces to assess the overall situation and identify potential conflict sources. Heads of local self-governments evaluated the situation in their areas through indicators such as access and distribution of natural and economic resources, transport and trade, language and education, property, action / police , youth, migration and social activity of women.

The village districts were selected by the State Agency based on multi-ethnicity characteristics. It is expected that such data will be delivered to the monitoring center on a monthly basis.

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Mira Karybaeva, Head of the Department on Ethnic, Religious Policies and Civil Society Relations under the President’s Office