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"Democratic governance in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society" Project


Democratic Governance

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 9-11 September 1998

1. Objectives

The democracy training project provides a specific and focused support of ongoing processes of democratisation and a strategic incentive to their intensification. Its overall objective is to further the development of democratic modes of interaction on all levels of society. In the long range, this implies institutional reforms as well as a strengthening of the nascent civil society. Given the multi-ethnic character of the Kyrgyz society, the main challenge to which the project responds is the need of democratic management of ethnic diversity. It provides representatives of the Kyrgyz society with the opportunity to devise new policies geared towards implementing mechanisms of peaceful inter-ethnic co-operation. (see Project outline)

The round-table of Kyrgyz and West European experts formed the first stage in the project. Its objective was to exchange information, to discuss mutual experiences in the organization and management of multi-cultural/multi-ethnic societies, to address specific problems, to develop solutions and - above all - to facilitate communication and to forge lasting contacts among the participants.


2. Format

The round-table was organized in different panels addressing specific aspects of inter-cultural/inter-ethnic relations. The topics were selected during a preparatory meeting in March 1998. The main emphasis was put on discussion, debate and brain storming.

Each panel consisted of 3 to 4 experts. Each participant prepared a paper of approximately 5 pages including an analysis of the topic, experiences/ideas/policy recommendations and questions/discussion points to the other participants/experts. Oral presentations were based on the papers distributed in English and Russian before or during the round table.


3. Schedule

Wednesday, 9. Sept. 98

18.00 Opening session

Introductory Speeches

Welcome Dinner

Thursday, 10. Sept. 98

08.30-10.45 Panel 1:

The state of democratic governance and inter-ethnic relations


11.00-12.30 Panel 2:

Constitutional issues

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.45-15.30 Panel 2: (cont.)

Constitutional issues


16.00-18.00 Panel 3:

International law and democratic governance in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies


20.00 Social dinner

Friday, 11. Sept. 98

08.30-10.30 Panel 4:

Society and inter-ethnic relations


10.45-12.30 Panel 5:

Languages in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies


12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Panel 6:

The role of the media in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies


15.45-17.30 Panel 7:

The role of education in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies


18.00-19.00 Final discussion and summing-up

19.30 Media conference

21.00 Farewell dinner


4. Participants

a) Western Europe





de Guchteneire, Paul UNESCO/MOST management of societal transition  
de Varennes, Fernand director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Human Rights and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict, Murdoch University languages and multi-cultural/multi-ethnic societies


Eichenberger, Caroline Institute of Ethnology, University of Basel inter-ethnic relations


Garrone, Pierre Council of Europe human and minority rights, international law


Hofmann, Rainer professor of international law, University of Kiel; chairman, advisor group to the Framework Convention on National Minorities of the Council of Europe international law, minority rights


Hoskova, Mahulena senior research fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg international and constitutional law, human and minority rights in Eastern Central Europe


Jarmatova, Aigul Dept. of Political Science, University of Geneva political systems, international relations, comparison Swiss - Kyrgyz systems and societies, languages in multi-cultural/multi-ethnic relations


Kux, Stephan Europainstitut, University of Basel political systems, comparative politics, ethnic and minority issues


Müller, Andrea Swiss TV ethnic conflicts, role of media


Raczka, Witold Institut International d’Etudes des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg human and minority rights


Thür, Hans Peter member of Swiss parliament, lawyer international law, human rights, constitutional issues



b) Kyrgyzstan

Paper givers






1 Asanalieva Jamily Berlikovna Issyk-Kul Institute, holder of history and social sciences chair Kyrgyzstan, Karakol, Issyk-Kul State University
Home add:Karakol,
50 let Kyrgizii st, 79; tel:(33922)2-65-70
Training the specialists of democratic governance in multiethnic society of Issyk-kul region


2 Asankanov Abylabek Asankanovich Scientific centre „Muras“, director Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720043, Den Syopina st., 531-2,
Strong national minorities - strong state.


3 Barkyjokova Kakin Independent TV


Kyrgyzstan, Naryn region, Naryn, Razzakova st,17,tel: 8(33522)24-667,
phone/fax: 8(33522)24-414
Results of democracy


5 Bekturov Ermek
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, lecturer of inernational relations chair Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 720000, Kievskaya st.44, tel.(3312)28-47-33, 22-74-28,
Role of higher educational institutions in democratic governance development in multiethnic and multicultural society.


6 Bogatyrev Valentin Vladimirovich Head of informational and research centre of the Assembly of Peoples of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Pushkin st., 78, room 1, tel.(3312)66-26-60 Legal maintenance of protection of the rights of national minorities in Kyrgyzstan:conditions, opportunity of development.


7 Chikeeva Zura


Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Law faculty, head of theory of state and constitutional law. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Chui av.,42,room 201, tel:(3312)29-23-60 Civil society:first expierience and perspectives of the development. Human rights protection in multiethnic society of Kyrgyzstan.


8 Karabaev Ednan Oskonovich Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University,Head of International

Relations Chair, Vice-Rector

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720000 Kievskaya st.,44,telefax:28-27-76, tel:(3312)22-74-28,28-47-33 E-mail: ofr@freenet.bishkek.su.
Tolerance as a condition of democratic governance in a polyethnic and polycultural society.


9 Miroshnichenko Larisa Director of the Kyrgyz Scientific Research Institute of the Higher school issues Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, 720005, Chui aven. 42, tel: (3312) 680129 Educational and Public Policy Measures to promote tolerance


10 Malabaev Bolot


Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Law faculty,lecturer Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Chui av., 42, room 201, tel.(3312)29-23-60 Juridical protection of minorities rights.


11 Mursaliev Nurdin Asyrkulovich Academy of sciences,

Institute of philosophy

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720071 Chui av.,265-a tel.(3312)24-36-89
The role of selective technologies in polyethnical harmony.


12 Narozy Vladimir Vladimirovich Council of Ukranian society of Kyrghyzstan „Bereginy“, Chairman Home add:
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek 720073,
h. tel:(3312)47-49-68
Ukranian society of Kyrgyz Republic „Bereginy“:organization of the activity and perspectives of development in polyethnic society.


13 Nogoibaeva Cholpon


Republic centre of young scientists, President Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
Sovetskaya st.,4-a,
room 605,
The activity of NGO works in creating the mechanisms of democratical management in multicultural space of Kyrgyzstan.


14 Raimjahov Abduhalim Raimjanovich Association of Tadzhik,president;director of Kyrgyz scientific centre of gematology Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720017, Togolok Moldo st.,1, tel: 8(3312)66-38-00, 22-86-49
Association of Tadzhik is a part of the Assembly of peoples of Kyrghyzstan.


15 Sutenova Baima Vice- President of TV corporation Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 720000, Molodaya Gvardia st,59,
Tel: (3312) 25-79-36
Democratization in Kyrgyzstan: problems and prospects.


16 Shukurova Dina Emilievna Institute of regional studies Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 720051
Geologichesky per.,
tel:(3312)28-17-71, fax:(3312)28-17-71 Email:dina@irs.freenet.bishkek.su
Kyrgyzstan-Switzeland:models of sustainable development of ethnic minorities.


17 Sydykova Leila Institute of equal rights and opportunities Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, 72000Moskovskaya st, 150/22
Tel: 22 -23-05
National minorities and their partisipation in the process of elekcions and bodies.


18 Sydykova Gulmira President administration,

department of social policy

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720003,House of Government,President administration,
depart. of social policy. Tel:(3312)22-54-59
New forms of governance of interethnic relations in Kyrgyzstan.


19 Tokusheva Kanchaim Crisis Psychology Centre,consultant-psychologist Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
Mederova st,109,
tel: (3312)42-68-89
Violence in family as focus of intercultural and interethnic conflicts in society


20 Tugelbaeva Bermeta Galievna Association „Diamond“, President Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 720001, Panfilova st,200-39,
E-mail: root@diamond.freenet.bishkek.su
Strategies of democratic transformations in polyethnical States of Central Asia.


21 Urmanbetova Jyldyz Karybaevna Institute of phylosophy and law ofAcademy of science Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
720071,Chui av.,
265-a,room 406
General aspects of social transformation of Kyrgyzstan.


22 Usmanova Mahiba International women centre Inter-S Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Baha st. 183 Tel. (3312)48-69-24,
44-51-86 E-mail: root@ktu.bishkek.su
Development of tolerance in multiethnic society


Participants of Bishkek International Organisations:

1. Cooper, Jay Project Director Counterpart Consortium Kievskay str. 107, 4-5 floor, Bishkek
tel: 61 00 22, 61 00 23, 61 02 61
2. Epp, Martin Director of the programme

„Helvetas“ Foundation

Frunze str. 503, Bishkek
Tel: 22 03 95; 22 59 27; 22 46 37 Fax: 62 06 52
3. Müller, Markus Director of the Office Swiss Development for Co-operation under the Swiss Embassy Oruzbekov str. 116/2, Bishkek, Tel: 22 89 55; 22 55 17
Fax: 66 05 40
4. Kulakovsky, Edvard Public affairs officer under the US Embassy United Nations Informastion Service (USIS) Frunze str. 199, flat 1, Bishkek
tel: 21 36 32
5. Tulegenov, Medet Director of the education programme in the open society

SOROS Kyrgyzstan Foundation

Abdumomunov str. 205, f2th floor,
tel: 22 32 54; 22 38 29
fax: 21 09 48

Local Officials

1. n.n. The chairman of the Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO Administration of the President
2. Kubatbek, Baibolov Legislative Assembly -Jogorku Kenesh Abdumomunov str. 207, 720053, Bishkek, KR
tel: 27 -14-60;
fax: 22 -60- 35
3. Alibek, Djekshenkulov First deputy minister of foreign affair Kurenkeev str. 264, Bishkek
4. Emilbek, Kaptagaev Kyrgyz Government, chairman of the state commission on religion related issues Kievskaya str. 96-b, 720040, Bishkek,
tel: 22-05-7
5. Abdujapar, Tagaev mayor of Osh city Central square, Osh city, Kyrgyz republic

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