Following Joint Council’s advocacy mission to Kyrgyzstan, we continue to work with the Krygyz Parliament, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in advocating for an immediate lifting of the suspension of adoptions and monitoring the Kyrgyz government’s actions to date.
The Office of the Prime Minister was scheduled to present their findings and draft child protection law, including intercountry adoption, to the Parliament. Our understanding is that the presentation did not officially occur as scheduled and has been rescheduled for Friday, February 19, 2010.
Currently unrelated to child welfare issues, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke is scheduled to arrive in Bishkek on February 19. Joint Council has contacted the Department of State and requested that the issue of children’s rights be addressed by Ambassador Holbrooke during his discussions with the Kyrgyz government.
The continued delays by the Krygyz government combined with the lack of U.S. government policy , leadership and programs for children living without permanent parental care, clearly demonstrates yet again the need for a ‘game changer’ such as the Families For Orphans Act.
Joint Council again calls on the Kyrgyz government to take immediate action and the U.S. government to assume a position of leadership in securing the rights of children.