UNICEF, UN Women and OHCHR Joint Statement On impunity for violence against girls

15 December 2020

Bishkek, December 15, 2020 – “Kyrgyzstan must end impunity for cases of gender-based violence, especially violence against children.

“UNICEF, UN Women, and OHCHR urge Kyrgyzstani institutions to uphold their obligations to protect victims of gender-based violence, especially children, and investigate, bring all perpetrators of violence against children to justice, in line with its international human rights obligations under the Convention of the Rights of the Child and other international conventions.

“In light of the recent information on the acquitting of two men and changed article to a lighter one for the third perpetrator of the reported rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl for six months, as well as filming her and frightening her that they would show the recording to classmates, UNICEF, UN Women, and OHCHR condemn all forms of gender-based violence and call for the law to be fully enforced, ensuring due process and holding perpetrators of gender-based violence to account in accordance with international human rights standards.

“The authorities must bring justice and rehabilitate victims of gender-based violence. Prosecuting and sentencing any offender as per the provision of the criminal law, with sentences commensurate to the gravity of the crime and in line with international human rights standards would send a strong message that there will be no impunity for those who abuse women and girls.

“On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the historical blueprint for advancing women’s and girls’ rights, and 2 years after the horrific murder of 20-year-old Burulai, this case is an urgent reminder on the need to forcefully respond to violence against women and girls.”

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For further information, please contact: Aiperi Alymbekova, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, +996 777 919 143, e-mail: aalymbekova@unicef.org

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UN Women in Kyrgyzstan is a UN Entity that assists national partners and the UN system to progress more effectively and efficiently towards the goal of achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE) with a triple mandate to: support the strengthening of normative frameworks for GEWE; support national partners in implementing commitments to the empowerment of women and girls through programming activities; and lead, coordinate and promote the accountability of the UN system in its work on GEWE. UN Women programming work in Kyrgyzstan focuses on three main priorities areas: eliminating violence against women and girls; promoting gender responsive governance and ensuring women leadership and participation in decision making at all levels; and empowering women economically.

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Office of High Commissioner Human Rights, work as the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all, UN Human Rights, in particular: Works with and assists Governments in fulfilling their human rights obligations; Speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide; Provides a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges; Acts as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities.

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UNICEF Kyrgyzstan
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