Sort articles by: Date | Most Rates | Most Views | Comments | Alphabet


 28-10-2018, 12:37

 PLATFORM FOR CIVIL EDUCATION AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKINGDuring the 12thinternational festival of human rights documentary films "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan-2018”, innovative laboratories and master classes will be held on topical issues in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals consistent with a human rights-based approach. Current global challenges of political and religious fundamentalism, violent extremism and terrorism have become a threat to public security, obstacles to peaceful co-existence and barriers to sustainable development for many countries in the world.

The labs will be held in November 13 to 15, 2018 in Bishkek.

The participants of events will be working over the tools and recommendations on empowerment of children, labour rights, cases of torture in penal setting.

The Global Storm: Growing Fundamentalism and Threats to the Future laboratory will focus on the issues of equality and human dignity; human rights defenders will discuss the financial literacy issues and the impact of Kyrgyzstan’s foreign debt on sustainable development. Jointly with the Bishkek mayor’s office Agency for Development, a workshop "Cities to Cities: The Role of Citizens, Partnership for Development” will be organised; while the Forum of Women’s NGOs, together with other organisations, will discuss "How to become a master of your own country?” by applying global experience of sustainable development with a human rights-based approach.

Master class on innovations in documentary films will be held by leading documentary filmmakers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the laboratory of the Coalition for Equality will focus on raising awareness about the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

The last day of the festival will be dedicated to the development of political space for civil society organisations. The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology, together with key partners, will hold this workshop based on the following principle: democracy + human rights + fair and open government and equal partnership = sustainable development.

"The format of labs this year differs from the previous year’s as they are focused on topical issues,” said Lira Asylbek, director of Alternative Centre. - Workshops give an opportunity to key experts, representatives of civil society, CSOs, and authorities to focus on key present-day challenges, to understand what and who impedes the implementation of human rights, what happens around, how to mitigate these threats, which countries have successful outcomes of positive changes, and how to build equal partnership with the government, business entities for positive changes.”

Sharing experience, opinions, joint work over social problems will help find best innovative approaches and solutions. IT will also play its unique role in this process.

The programme of laboratories is here LAB_2018_FINAL__eng.pdf [967.98 Kb] (Downloads: 5)

More Information about the human development configuration

People: Human development focuses on improving people’s lives, not just on the assumption that economic development automatically leads to social welfare for all. Growth of income is seen as a means for development, not the outcome.
Opportunities: Human development gives people more freedom to live an important life. In fact, it means to develop people’s skills and to enable them to use these skills. For example, training helps shape skills, but they will be useless if a person doesn’t have a job or their skills don’t fit the local labour market needs. Human development is based on three components: a person must live a long, healthy and creative life, must be well-informed and must have access to resources that ensure a decent life.

Right of choice: Human development is based on a wide choice. People are given opportunities; however, they don’t have to use them.

No one can guarantee happiness to a person; every person makes their own choice based on their own decision. The process of development – human development – must at least create an environment for people, individually and collectively, to enable the development of their potential in full and to create reasonable opportunities for them to live a productive and creative life.


The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology is official partner of Fest-2018 on media campaign.


 22-10-2018, 22:54

The 12th International Festival of Human Rights Documentary Films 2018 "For human dignity!” is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be held under the slogan "Today we work for tomorrow!”.

The annual festival organised by Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan will take place in Bishkek in November 12-16, 2018.


55 films of 18 countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Sweden, China, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Poland, Belgium, USA, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Ukraine, Paraguay, Republic of South Africa have been submitted to the festival. The committee has selected 24 most vivid and striking films.


This year, the scenarios of documentary films focus on the problems of children, women and vulnerable groups, on torture in closed institutions, on migrants, discriminated-against people who have no access to fair justice. The films also tell about citizens who live in environmental hazardous regions and suffer from diseases and poverty. These topics is diverse, yet they are common in that they promote decent life for everyone.


This year, the idea of the festival has been supported by the Bishkek Mayor’s Office, local authorities. The films will be shown for free to anyone in every district of the city, in cinemas Manas, Rossiya, Oktyabr, Ala-Too. Following every film, producers will meet the audience to talk with them and answer their questions. Together with the audience, the films will be discussed with the characters of films, representatives of authorities, experts and journalists. All recommendations by results of this discussions will be submitted to government agencies, national human rights institutions and spread via solidarity networks.


On the last day of the festival, non-competition films will be shown that reveal various discrimination issues and social injustice faced by communities with intersecting identities.


"We are proud to have this festival for several years – this is not a project, but a joint volunteer work of likeminded people, activists, artistic people and human rights defenders,” Tolekan Ismailova, director of human rights movement Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, said. "Today, in search of new approaches, innovative ways, we try to make an efficient contribution to the Sustainable Development Strategy with the human rights agenda and gender equality.”


The film festival takes place during new initiatives by the Kyrgyzstan’s authorities aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises in regions, attracting investments, and stepping up the efforts of financial institutions and funds that provide loans for projects address economic development and job creation.[1]


10 innovative labs and master classes will be held within the festival in terms of sustainable development goals, whose achievement is possible only through partnership with the government and private business, as well as through creative approaches to solution of vulnerable groups’ problems. The labs will create a platform for civil education, encouragement of citizens’ participation in decision-making, will contribute to the new development policies, including at the domestic level, promoting the good governance principles in the Kyrgyz Republic[2]. These workshops will be carried out by prominent foreign and regional experts under the auspices of national and international partners of Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan. And a Kazakhstan-based media group Partizanskoye Kino [Guerrilla filmmaking] will share its experience during the master class for documentary film makers.


For information: The international festival of human rights documentary film is an active civic platform that has been raising key issues of rights and liberties in a changing world since 2007. This is a unique festival in Central Asia that provides a great opportunity to discuss documentary truth in the human rights sphere by involving filmmakers from different countries.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70th anniversary is being celebrated this year, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948[3]. This document declares interdependence of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that every person has.


The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology is the official media partner of the festival.


For more information see:

E-mail: тел: +996312 383330







[1] Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on declaring the year of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development,


 3-09-2018, 17:48


BLACK LISTS FOR JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN KYRGYZSTANInga Sikorskaia was closely checked at the border 19 times.

Inga, a program director for the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia is constantly detained by the border control bodies when passing through passport control at Kyrgyzstan’s border.

She specialises in investigative journalism, media studies for freedom of expression, trainings for journalists and activists on countering hate speech and extremists’ propaganda in the media, public discourse, including in conflict areas. Sikorskaia has told to about the border checks her person during her business trips she has faced for 19 times this year.


"The order was to inform!” a border officer said when he was verifying my data in the electronic system after I showed him my passport at the control zone at the International Manas Airport in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on June 16, 2018. Then they took my passport somewhere without explanation. Nobody explained anything to me. When they gave my passport back after half an hour and I was checked again, the story repeated. The border officer said that my document needed to be checked again. In fact, I went through the border control procedure twice. They gave me the document only after I made a phone call to my colleague who addressed the border service. I passed through passport control when boarding was almost complete.

Moreover, after this complicated check, the photo on my international passport was damaged ­– ripped off by one third. But I learned about this later: I did not check the passport pages because I was in a hurry to board the plane. Upon arrival in Almaty, the Kazakh border officer pointed out this defect to me and agreed to let me in only after I had shown my internal passport to him.

It was for the 19th time since May 2017, when I was thoroughly checked at checkpoints, where my name was blacklisted, or as local border officers call it, a "secondary” special register.


I don’t mean those whose freedom of movement can be restricted by law, for example, during an investigation, or those debtors who are under travel restrictions, offenders or child support payers. After all, neither my organisation nor I am involved in any court cases. It seems that our country makes blacklists based on the experience of neighbouring repressive states, and listing independent journalists, civil activists, and human rights defenders there.


From my experience when I worked as a senior editor on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, I remember great problems of my colleagues from these countries who were on the blacklist. As a result, they are either restricted to leave the country for many years, or are exposed to direct violation of their civil rights upon leaving or returning to the country.


All of my 19 cases when it took me a long time to pass passport control, when officers asked me to step aside, sit and wait (until my border crossing was agreed and registered?), I travelled from Kyrgyzstan to Europe and Central Asian countries to international conferences organised by the OSCE , UN, other international and partner organisations. I delivered reports on the freedom of expression, xenophobia and countering the propaganda of extremism there, presented media researches, held trainings on the tools of monitoring the right to non-discrimination in the public sphere, trainings for journalists, researchers, and human rights activists.


This March, during my trip to Brussels for an OSCE/ODIHR event, in addition to time-consuming examination and scanning of my passport, my small suitcase with a lock that was checked did apparently undergo a real attack in my absence. Upon arrival in Brussels, I received it cut, without a lock, with things all mixed up. Other participants of the event, who saw my suitcase initially at the Manas International airport in Bishkek, were not even surprised. They travel with hand luggage only, also because some inappropriate things could be placed inside luggage and used against them.

Last year, when I was passing the border, I was asked weird questions about whether I had bank debts or whether I was wanted by police. Next time, they took my passport for a long time, and when I asked them to give my document back they wondered, "Why, didn't we give it to you?” When I was crossing the land border at the Kyrgyz- Kazak Ak-Zhol checkpoint in the autumn of 2017, the officers took my passport away, locked the doors on both sides and left me in the room.

I consider such a strict control over my movements as unjustified attempts to restrict my constitutional freedom. I have already addressed the State National Security Committee [GKNB] and the border service of the Kyrgyz Republic, while the group of lawyers of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology collect documentary justifications for further actions.



 14-05-2018, 19:42

UN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS KYRGYZSTAN TO COMBAT RASIST MEDIA COVERAGE AND HATE SPEECHUN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommends Kyrgyzstan to combat racist media coverage and incidents of hate speech against ethnic minorities.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA, an entity focusing on the research of hate speech and discrimination in the media and public discourse, media development, and encouragement of diversity, calls on the authorities, media entities of Kyrgyzstan, and civil society to pay attention to the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On May 11, 2018, by results of the regular session the members of the UN Committee published concernsand recommendations after listening to the periodic report of Kyrgyzstan.

Human rights entities of the country also delivered their alternative report.

The meeting was held from April 23 to May 11, 2018 in Geneva.


Having studied the reports, the UN Committee has recommended that the authorities of Kyrgyzstan should take necessary measures to combat racist media coverage and incidents of hate speech committed including by politicians and other public figures, and ensure that such cases are thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate sanctions be imposed.


"The Committee is concerned about the prevalence of stereotyping and stigmatization of ethnic minorities, including Uzbeks, Turks, Uighurs and Mugat, as well as the incidence of hate speech against them in the media and by public and political figures”, as reads the section "Hate speech and ethnic profiling” of the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA for the last 7 years has held regular monitoring and research of hate speech that indicate the established trends of hate speech use against various groups.The stereotypic coverage of ethnic issues by local media has led to the transmission of discriminatory language spoken by public speakers or respondents against minorities by journalists. The development of internet has expanded the opportunities of the freedom of expression and increased the spread of nationalistic expressions.


No clear understanding of the difference between the negative-value and unlawful (criminalized) content in publications, which can lead to hate speech crimes, is the result of low awareness and education in ethics and combating intolerance and also low awareness of political, social and cultural rights of ethnic minorities guaranteed by the Kyrgyz Constitution. These factors influence the capability of the media to objectively raise the sensitive issues of ethnic minorities, which leads to even greater stereotyping, stigmatization, thus making the minorities invisible and aloof from society.


Kyrgyzstan has some experience of encouragement of ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity through the media developed by local experts. We urge that these practices be introduced into educational and outreach campaigns on media literacy, that we keep on raising awareness and skills of journalists, media workers, communication experts, counsellors, activists in order to reduce the incidence of hate speech and incitement to hatred.


Among other recommendations by the UN Committee for Kyrgyzstan have been: to expedite the adoption of anti-discrimination law, to take effective measures to ensure that journalists and human rights defenders (including those working on the rights of ethnic minorities), are able to carry out their work effectively without fear of reprisal, to strengthen awareness-raising campaigns, to combat ethnic or racial stereotypes and stigma with a view to promoting tolerance and understanding.


 14-05-2018, 18:08

WORKING  MEETING TO DISCUSS RECOMMENDATIONS ON COUNTERING EXTREMISTS' PROPAGANDA On March 29, 2018, a working discussion meeting was held with participation of the representatives of media, civil society and state bodies to discuss the recommendations on countering the propaganda of extremism developed by the experts of the project "Combating the propaganda of violent extremism through media andawareness” on the basis of media monitoring.

The participants were provided with the findings of the media research "Islamophobia and Propaganda in Online Media and Social Networks of Kyrgyzstan”, where experts have emphasised the alarming trend when media outlets draw parallels between the Islam and extremism. In 60 per cent of articles analysed, authors mentioned Islam even when neither the Islamic religion, nor extremism was the topic of the story. Thus, a narrative connection is created between the Islam and extremism, fear is imposed on the audience, and Islamophobic public discussions are encouraged.


Among main recommendations that can help mitigate the consequences of a negative discourse are the need to use peacemaking approaches to overcome hate speech in media, which can be an early prevention of the spread of extremists’ propaganda, to work constantly to reduce the discriminatory language used in the media and on the internet.

Project experts think that such measures will create the conditions for effective and quick response to the radical discourse.

See recommendations here.

The event was organised by School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA under the project "Combating the propaganda of violent extremism through media and awareness” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.



 9-03-2018, 15:35

JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM25 journalists and media workers from various regions of Kyrgyzstan have been trained to counter the propaganda of violent extremism and hate in the media. The training programme was developed by a team of local and international trainers based on the findings of the media-monitoring sphere of Kyrgyzstan and with the use of new interactive tools.


JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMThe participants have learned about the media used by banned groups to spread extremist propaganda, the mistakes made by journalists and users that lead to the propaganda of extremism, how hate speech and Islamophobia affect the radicalisation of the media. A few sessions have been dedicated to the key aspects of religious safety of Kyrgyzstan, legal standards of international laws on violent extremism, radicalism and terrorism, communication’s methods between official bodies and media outlets when covering security issues.


JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMThe participants have applied the skills they acquired to situational group games and practical exercises, and have jointly developed recommendations on "What journalists can and must do to cover the events related to extremism and terrorism, and what they should not do.”


JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMOn the last day, a presentation of handbook "How to counter extremist propaganda” in Kyrgyz and Russian developed by the project experts exclusively for the media outlets was delivered. The handbooks have been given to the media in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken regions and Bishkek, as well as to the universities to the departments of journalism and communications.


The two-day training-workshop was organised by School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA under the "Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and Awareness’ Project implemented with the financial support of the US Embassy in Bishkek.




 23-01-2018, 15:11

CALL FOR APPLICATIONSchool of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia supported by the Democracy Commission of the US Embassy Bishkek announces a competition among journalists who want to take part in the three-day training workshop on Countering Extremists Propaganda and Hate in Media to be held in February 26-27-28 February, 2018 in Bishkek. All costs shall be borne by organizers.


The training program is based on modern challenges and current needs of journalists. Participants will be taught the methods and tools of coverage of signs of extremism, terrorism and related issues. They will also learn how the hate speech and its communication aspects influence the spread of radical content in the media and on the Internet, understand what errors of journalists and users lead to propaganda of extremism, learn the difference between harmful and illegal content in order to prevent the consequences of transmitting extremist ideology, practice the skills of journalism ethics and legal security.

The training will be held by international and local experts having solid experience.

We are inviting journalists and media activists aged below 35 from all the regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Participants of the training will be selected on a competitive basis. Those selected shall be obliged to take the training program from the beginning to the end.

In order to take part in the competition, please email the following documents to:

— a completed application form for participation in the training (download here)
— a CV,

— a scan of ID.

Only a complete set of documents will be accepted.

Deadline for applications— 5:00 pm February 16, 2018.

Late applications will not be considered.

Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and Awareness

 12-12-2017, 14:59

Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and AwarenessThe School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia with the financial support of the Democracy Commission of US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is implementing the project intended for early warning of extremist propaganda, by building rapid response for radical discourse via the media and communications strategies.

The analysis of media sphere and internet carried out by the project experts shows that religious intolerance takes one of the top places among all media phobias and can contribute to the conveyance of extremist ideology. The media often form their content based on news events found on the internet. On the one hand, they provide the audience with more diverse information; on the other hand, they can retransmit the ideas of extremism once they get caught by the propaganda. Moreover, when covering extremism and related issues visual content from various online sources is being widely used. This content is often the propaganda of radical narratives leading to violent extremism.

Based on the researche findings, project staff has developed recommendations and tools of combating the propaganda of violent extremism in media and internet such as training programs for journalists and activistc, as well as models of media campaigns on how to treat these issues in the public domain.

"In our project activity, we apply the peacemaking approach to countering hate in the media as an early warning of extremist propaganda” I. Sikorskaya, Director of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA, said. "Today journalists, internet activists and communicators have found themselves vulnerable to the propaganda of extremism; so our task is to teach them how to effectively respond to the radical discourse.”

In the framework of the project, journalists and activists will be trained the tools that will help them detect extremist propaganda, use advanced methods to report extremism, humanize Islam in stories to overcome the image of the enemy and reduce the risks of extremism propaganda, respond adequately to destructive online communications.


 12-10-2017, 05:23

The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) announces the contest for participation in a one-day training "Effective Communications Between the Media and Communities” to be held on November 23, 2017 in Bishkek.

Working language – Russian.

We are inviting PR officers from NGOs involved in diversity and minorities issues, as well as journalists from media outlets that cover these issues. The training covers the techniques of overcoming discrimination in the media, communications tools, developing action plans to encourage diversity in media environment.

Organizers shall cover all costs.

To take part in the contest, the applicant should submit a completed application form (here Application-form-for-participants_eng.pdf [141.68 Kb] (Downloads: 5), a CV of a potential participant, attach a scan of passport, and a letter (on the official letterhead) of the referring entity with the request for participation. The main selection criteria will be the current activity of the applicant in this area, understanding of the significance of diversity in the society, the promotion of vulnerable group issues in the media.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 Bishkek time, November 16, 2017.

All applications with a full package of documents should be submitted at:


 11-09-2017, 05:54

PROJECT HELP TO CREATE THE DIALOG  ENCORAGING DIVERSITYOn September 4, 2017, the Promoting Diversity and Media Pluralism Through Awareness, Toolkit Development and Communication’s Workshop Project was launched.

The project supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).


The main goal of the project is to raise public awareness on diversity through groups and improve the understanding of issues and possibilities to promote pluralism. In order to achieve this goal, a whole range of consultations and meetings with local NGOs, media outlets and public authorities will be held to discuss the action plan on raising public awareness through social media campaigns.


The project staff will be monitoring the discriminatory initiatives and non-tolerance in the media and public discourse meant to constraint of diversity and pluralism in order to find out and prevent possible negative consequences, will develop and distribute the guidance on diversity for media workers and journalists, will organize a workshop on effective communications for activists working in the field of diversity and media.


"Growing non-tolerance, the increase in the number of ultranationalist vigilant groups, ethnic marginalization, violence and discrimination against women, girls, especially in rural areas, and hatred towards LGBT require new approaches in media communications between NGOs involved in minorities issues and media outlets covering such topics,” project manager Inga Sikorskaya said. "We will try to strike a happy medium in these sensitive issues and offer ways of dialog within the society.”



  • Military men near the aftermarket during mass clashes, Osh, June 201

  • Training’s participants on mediation and conflict management are building the Tower of Peace, Bishkek, April 2011

  • Training in destroying stereotypes for journalists, Bishkek, April 2012

  • Workshop on production of team reporting in multinational journalist groups, Bishkek, August 2012

Incidents map

Education & Trainings


The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia announces an annual competition among students from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan,…


Workshops on Peacemaking Journalism


25 journalists and media workers from various regions of Kyrgyzstan have been trained to counter the propaganda of violent extremism and hate in…



Webinar "Key tools of destroying stereotypes and cliche during reporting conflict" (88 MB) in Russian, trainer- Arif Aliyev, Azerbaijan.


Camp for Media Innovations

Inside View