On March 19, Akyikatchy (Ombudsman) of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Otorbaev sent a letter to High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova with a request to take control of the situation related to the violation of the rights of Kyrgyz citizens in the Ryazan Region.
As reported in the letter, 13 citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic were held in slavery and worked at a garment factory for 12–20 hours a day. They were not provided with food and they did not receive wages under the conditions fixed in labor contracts.
According to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, labor conditions were regularly violated; one of the citizens of Kyrgyzstan could not handle the workload and tried to commit suicide. «Many of us wanted to terminate the employment contract because of hard working conditions, humiliation, insult, hunger, but employers confiscated passports of workers, kept them forcibly as slaves, did not pay wages under any pretext, so many employees had to run away from the sewing shop," the statement said.
On March 20, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova left immediately to the Ryazan Region to verify the information provided. The High Commissioner together with representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Investigative Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Ryazan region visited the factory, where the citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic worked. Tatiana Moskalkova took control of the situation. The High Commissioner will personally deal with every case of violation of foreign citizens’ rights.
Recall, on December 5 last year, the Ombudspersons of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Iran signed a Memorandum on the establishment of Eurasian Ombudsman Alliance. The alliance guarantees to the Ombudspersons of the Eurasian states a permanent working contact, which allows to quickly solve problematic issues of citizens of their countries abroad.