Kirghiz, Uzbeks jointly participate in the referendum in Kyrgyzstan - Human rights activists
Kyrgyzstan, Osh, June 27 /Trend, special correspondent S.Gafarova /
Ethnic Kirghiz and Uzbeks jointly participate in the referendum on a new constitution which is being held in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz rights activists say.
The head of the Osh branch of the "Citizens against corruption" Human Rights Center Aliyma Sharipova bypassed several polling stations. According to her, the atmosphere is calm, Kirghiz and Uzbeks are voting and answering questions from journalists and human rights activists peacefully, without exacerbation.
"People do not hide their resentment against the Interim Government and local authorities who failed to ensure their safety in the tragic days of June 10-15. Now the situation in the city is still worrying. Kyrgyz and Uzbek gangs are seizing civilian hostages. There are provocateurs sowing panic among the population by rumors of fresh attacks, "- Sharipova said in an interview to Trend.
According to her, there are problems with distribution of humanitarian aid.
"Many of the victims - ethnic Uzbeks - have not received tents and clothes. The people told us, "We shall overcome difficulties. Above all, is that the house we live in should finally found a master, who will be able to restore order and ensure a peaceful life"", Sharipova said.
According to program coordinator of Jalal-Abad human rights organization "Justice" Abdumalik Sharipov, the first time since June 10, when the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan started, a sense of something good appeared.
"We, the Human rights activists are not used to praise the state authorities, rightly denouncing the shortcomings in their activities. But today, together we are making the first step toward peace," Sharipov said in an interview with Trend.
According to him, the referendum was a positive act of the State in which anarchy has created a big chaos.
"Today people are united, despite yesterday's hatred, and realize that they decide the future of Kyrgyzstan", - said Sharipov.