Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes: Unaddressed problems of the past 30 years

by Meerim Egemberdieva

The border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan started on the 28th of April 2021 when a group of Tajik citizens installed a water surveillance camera in the border area. The Kyrgyz side claims that the Tajiks illegally entered Kyrgyz territory. The Tajik side claims that the group stayed on Tajik territory. Following this dispute, villagers from both sides of the border started throwing stones at each other. Later, these border quarrels escalated to a clash involving heavy artillery, mortar, and gunfire. Both sides blamed each other for starting the armed conflict. As a result of the clash, at least 40 Kyrgyz citizens and 20 Tajik citizens died. More than 200 people were injured and over 50.000 Kyrgyz people were internally displaced. „Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes: Unaddressed problems of the past 30 years“ weiterlesen

Falling for the Promises, yet again? Kyrgyzstan’s New President: New Hope or the Next Disappointment?

by Meerim Egemberdieva

On the 10th of January, early in the morning, I headed to the polling station to participate in the presidential election. There was no queue and the process of voting took me only five minutes. Unlike other elections though, this time I went to the polling station knowing almost certainly what the election results would be. „Falling for the Promises, yet again? Kyrgyzstan’s New President: New Hope or the Next Disappointment?“ weiterlesen

Broken Hopes, Power Struggles and Chaos in Kyrgyzstan

by Meerim Egemberdieva

On 4th of October 2020, Kyrgyzstan held parliamentary elections. 16 parties competed. Yet, only three status quo parties gained most of the votes. Protests broke out in the capital Bishkek. These protests focus on two of the winning parties which are linked with President Jeenbekov and former Customs’ official Raimbek Matraimov. „Broken Hopes, Power Struggles and Chaos in Kyrgyzstan“ weiterlesen