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Archive for September 17th, 2010

Kyrgyzstan:Azimjon Askarov Sentenced to Life in Prison After Unfair Hearings

Posted by Info on 17/09/2010

A Kyrgyz court on September 15, 2010, sentenced a human rights defender to life in prison for his alleged role in the June violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, following court hearings marred by violence and threats against the defense. Human Rights Watch urged the Kyrgyz government to guarantee a fair and public retrial for the rights defender, Azimjon Askarov, and his co-defendants and to free him pending the retrial.

Human Rights Watch and other organizations have on several occasions expressed concern about police mistreatment of Askarov.

The authorities completely failed to guarantee the safety of defense lawyers and witnesses. The trial should have been about justice – but instead it played out like vengeance.

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