Don't be indifferent! First of all, Kyrgyzstan needs Law and Justice!Июн 16.2021
When they ask me, "Where do you get your strength?", I answer that I get it from the immeasurable love for my Azimzhan, and a deep respect for him as a professional, as a defender of human rights, following the ideals that he promoted. He died almost a year ago. He spent the last 10 years of his life in prison. But to me, he is my husband, and I am his faithful wife.
He could, as the ex-authorities demanded, write a petition for clemency and be with us, at home, but he chose the path of a fighter for freedom and human rights in the Kyrgyz Republic!
My faith in the highest justice helps me to live. After all, there are still so many things to do. I still have the difficulties with the house where I live. Together with lawyers and human rights defenders, we continue to work on Azimzhan's cases, overcoming all new obstacles.
Yes, I need the strength to continue to defend Azimzhan's right to rehabilitation day after day, to get him recognized as a victim of torture and unfair justice. I need your support and understanding.
Looking back, I remember how we met, when we were young and naive, full of hope. We lived together for many years, gave birth to our children and and raised them, took care of our grandchildren. We thought that there it was - an ordinary life, filled with caring for loved ones, that this would continue for a long time... We did not know what huge challenges we would have to face.
We had to walk in parallel to each other: he was behind the bars, and I was free, but... not free.
Today I do not want to talk about the numerous trials, when I could only see Azimzhan from afar, as he was chained in heavy chains, rattling with his every step. My heart was bleeding, I didn't know how to help him and reduce his suffering. Together with our lawyers, we filed countless documents, visited hundreds of offices with requests for release, for easing the conditions for Azimzhan. He was suffering from ailments that were getting worse. I suffered together with him. I could feel his pain from a distance and sincerely wanted to help.
What could I, a simple country woman, do? I could stay loyal no matter what. I could not give in to despair and did not sit idly by. I could stay in touch with lawyers and journalists. During all these years, my life consisted of traveling between my home in Bazar-Korgon and the colony in Bishkek.
I knew that Azimzhan was alive, he suffered very much from the impenetrable indifference of the authorities. The heads of state and their entourage changed, and my husband was still behind bars, in degrading conditions. As well as hundreds of other victims of torture, about whom Azimzhan always worried and whom he wanted to help, while he had enough strength. He was never indifferent.
Today, I want to remind you how important it is to seek justice for those who have gone through torture and unfair trials. On 26 June, the international community observes the day in support of victims of torture. Those who were subjected to torture and ill-treatment suffer from it, as well as we, their relatives and friends. I did not sleep at night, worried about him, was sick and suffered. Torture is an absolute evil. We must work to eradicate this evil.
How much suffering can a person endure? How much pain can a person experience in a lifetime?
My heart aches, sometimes it seems that I lack a breath of fresh air and I run out of strength at the end. But I think about my husband and try to calm down, put my thoughts in order and act.
The fight for justice is never easy. There are always people nearby who will support and help with a kind word, advice, and show sympathy. This is the power of faith in the highest justice. I just live and believe. And I appeal to you: do not be indifferent to injustice. Be bold in your actions, true to your ideals, and strong in spirit!
Together we stand against torture, injustice, and impunity in the world!