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Members Named to Independent Commission to Investigate Kyrgyzstan Violence

The independent Kyrgyz website AKIpress has published the names of six experts who have been invited to serve on the international commission to investigate the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June, headed by Kimmo Kiljunen, a member of the Finnish Parliament and Special Representative on Central Asia for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA).

Kiljunen was able to enlist for his commission two former special rapporteurs from the UN:

o Philip Alston of Australia, currently professor of law at New York University who recently completed his term as UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

o Yakin Ertürk of Turkey, a professor of sociology of the Middle East Technical University, formerly the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women from 2003-2006, also elected to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in November 2009.

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