Seiitbek, Leila Nazgul

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State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Leila Nazgul Seiitbek worked as an activist for the public association Blago who offered help for the poor and marginalised.

As a lawyer by training, in 2015 she took the case of the Nur Kuch association which promotes the building of affordable housing in villages. In investigating the case, she quickly realized that the Nur Kuch was subject to country’s political system of corruption. She directly linked Nur Kuch’s problems with vote buying on the part of the president’s Social Democratic Party (SDPK), in light of the parliamentary elections in October 2015 (Galdini, 2017).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Lawyer.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2016.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

Seiitbek’s activism on behalf of the Nur Kuch association, made her pay a high price. The authorities pressured her to stop her work, and accused her and her husband on fraud charges (Galdini, 2017).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death):

In 2016, Leila Nazghul Seiitbek and her husband were forced to leave the country after being attacked by unknown armed men who tried to break into the family’s car (Galdini, 2017)

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

The family fled the country in June 2016, by passing first through Khujand to Dubai and then flew to a European capital where they have demanded political asylum (Galdini, 2017).

She  is currently  working for Association for Human Rights in Central Asia ( AHRCA).

Press sources:

Galdini, F (2017). The dark side of Kyrgyzstan's Affordable Housing. October 20.2017, [Online]. Available at: