Kyrgyzstan Expels U.S. Human Rights Monitor
Kyrgyzstan has barred entry to a researcher with advocacy group Human Rights Watch in a signal of intensifying wariness about criticism of the country’s rights record.
HRW said in a statement that Mihra Rittmann, a U.S. national and director of the group’s Bishkek office, was informed that she had been banned from entering the country by immigration officials on December 2.
The group said the refusal-of-entry order provided no specific motivation for the decision to bar Rittman from the country, which it termed “a direct interference in the organization’s ability to carry out normal human rights monitoring in Kyrgyzstan.”
“Banning a Human Rights Watch researcher from Kyrgyzstan is unprecedented, unexpected, and a deeply disturbing sign,” Kenneth Roth, executive director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
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