Azimjan Askarov before his imprisonment © Amnesty InternationalDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 61/20 HERE
Azimjan Askarov has been jailed for almost 10 years on fabricated charges in retaliation for his human rights work. He will turn 69 in May and his health has seriously deteriorated after years in prison. He suffers from cardiac and respiratory conditions and has not been receiving adequate medical care. His life is at serious risk, amid the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in Kyrgyzstan and he must be released.
Amnesty International believes the charges against him were fabricated in retaliation for his human rights work and that the investigation and trial were marred by fair trial violations. Azimjan Askarov’s credible allegations that he was tortured in pre-trial detention have never been properly investigated.
In 2016 the UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to immediately release Azimjan Askarov and for his conviction to be quashed. This call has been reiterated by the European Union and many others on numerous occasions.