Conflict context in Kyrgyzstan

Over the last 20 years, Kyrgyzstan has transformed into the only parliamentary democracy in central Asia.

This followed two popular revolutions: first in 2005 (the ‘Tulip Revolution’) after contested elections; then in 2010, during which hundreds of protesters were killed and there was inter-ethnic violence in the south of the country.

Since 2011, the expectations for democratic change have been hindered by poor governance, regional and ethnic-based political appointments, and socio-economic disparities. This has created deep divides among the population and formed the basis of today’s local and national conflicts.

With its vibrant civil society, there are opportunities to work towards more sustainable peace in Kyrgyzstan: to build social partnerships with government; to find constructive solutions to conflict-generating problems; to rebuild relations between communities; and to overcome the legacies of violence.

Our peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan

We have been supporting peaceful dialogue and conflict prevention in Kyrgyzstan since 2010.

Our projects support sustainable dialogue, social cohesion, non-violence and tolerance among religious organisations, communities and civil society, as well as local initiatives for advocacy and policy implementation.

We facilitate dialogue between the government, representatives of local authorities and civil society, as well as religious and secular experts.

We also support research to help experts and young people better contribute to policies that affect them, and counter narratives that fuel suspicion, mistrust and conflict.

Our aim is to enable the state to peacefully maintain social and political authority in the country, in accordance with the constitution.

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A Youth Discussion Club brings together community members in Talas to discuss issues relating to religion and democracy, Kyrgyzstan

Increasing dialogue on religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan, we have been supporting an initiative to open public debate on the role of religion and democracy in the country.