On the occasion of the birthday of human rights activist Azimzhan Askarov.

Май 13.2022

Human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov would turn 71 on 17 May, 2022.  For the birthday of A. Askarov, on behalf of the Board of the Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan", a mission will be sent to Uzbekistan to honor his memory, visit his grave and meet with the family of the prisoner of conscience.

At the meeting with the wife, children and grandchildren of the human rights defender, on behalf of Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan and partners, Aida Baijumanova, Executive Director and lawyer Bakyt Avtandil will express their support to the family and provide information about the ongoing work on the investigation of the death of the human rights defender in the Penal Colony No. 47, protection of the property rights of the widow Khadicha Askarova and advocacy tools used together with solidarity networks and partnerships.

 Our organization, together with the solidarity and partnership network, has been fighting since June 2010 for the release and protection of the rights of the illegally detained well-known human rights defender, prisoner of conscience Azimzhan Askarov. For 11 years, human rights defenders and lawyers have participated in more than 49 trials in his case.[1] Unfortunately, on 25 July, 2020 Azimzhan Askarov died in colony No. 47 without access to timely and high-quality medical care, he did not live to see justice and freedom.[2]

On 19 May 2022, the HRM “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan” appealed to the President of the KR, Mr. S. Japarov as the guarantor of the Constitution of the KR, requesting him to promote the restoration of justice, conducting an independent investigation of Askarov's death in Penal Colony No. 47, as well as implementation of the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee by Kyrgyzstan, rehabilitate the name of the human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, pay a compensation to his family. [3]

Bir Duino - Kyrgyzstan welcomes the decisions and steps of the authorized bodies to provide the right of inheritance of A. Askarov's house to his wife Khadicha Askarova, hopes for a fair decision of the state bodies on the family's ownership of the land plot, where the office of the human rights defender was located before the arson and robbery in June 2010.

With restoration of justice in the case of human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov, the new government of Kyrgyzstan begins the fight against impunity in the case of the tragic events of 2010, bringing to justice the true guilty officials and politicians who allowed the tragedy to happen and participated in the conflict.

The HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan", as a member of FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), which unites 200 organizations from all over the world, expects that the new authorities of Kyrgyzstan, within the framework of their international obligations, will fulfill the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee on Askarov's case. 

The restoration of the human rights defender’s rights, and payment of a compensation will create a basis for preventing conflicts in the future, as well as unfair decisions, and give hope to thousands of other victims who have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned.


We stand together for Human Rights and Freedoms in the KR!


 Should you have any questions, please, contact Aida Baijumanova at the HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" at: birduinokyrgyzstan@gmail.com, aidabaikg@gmail.com, 0550184095


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Feedback from our focus groups



Experience should be attached to a law degree

Shakhboz Latipov, 24 y.o., young lawyer: “When I came to BDK for an internship, I had no experience in legal and human rights activities. Together with experienced senior colleagues, I began to attend trials, studied documents. Gradually my supervisor Khusanbai Saliev began to trust me the preparation of documents, carefully checked them and gave practical advice. Experience comes with time and cases you work on. Every day dozens of people who need help come to us, many of them are from socially vulnerable groups: the poor, large families, elderly citizens. A lawyer in a human rights organization sometimes acts as a psychologist, it is important for him to be able to maintain professionalism and show empathy. At the end of 2019, I successfully passed the exam to get the right to start working as attorney and now I work on cases as an attorney. I turn to my colleagues for help on complex issues, they always give me their advice. This is one of the strengths of the organization: there is support and understanding here.”



Organization unites regions

Feruza Amadalieva, social worker, leader, teacher: “TOT from BDK is a great opportunity to get acquainted with participants from different regions, we continue to communicate on social media and when we meet at events, as close friends, we have such warm relations! At the events, I improved my knowledge, systematized it, clarified how to apply it in practice. I really like the training modules and the way the system of training and practice is built: role-playing games, theory, discussions. Each person expresses himself/herself. I have become a leader for other vulnerable women, I try to help them and engage them in such events.” Feruza Amadalieva is a regular participant of many BDK events, she invites the BDK lawyers to provide legal advice to vulnerable women.



I became confident

In summer of 2019, Nuriza Talantbek kyzy took an active part in conducting regional screenings of documentaries, helped with organizational issues during the campaign dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, participated in trips, and did the TOT on women's leadership. She used to be a migrant, worked for an NGO in Osh, and now works in Bishkek in the service industry. She calls her participation in the TOT “an invaluable experience”: “I first attended such an event, and received exactly the information that I needed, for which I am sincerely grateful to the facilitators. I experienced very difficult issues in my life, and thanks to that knowledge, I was able to overcome them, I persevered! After the TOT, I became more confident, began to better understand the essence of human rights, and learned to defend my interests.”



The defendant has passed away. The work on his rehabilitation continues.

The case of Shukurullo Kochkarov shows that work on complex cases continues for many years. After the torture he was subjected to in 2010, he became disabled. We managed to get acquittal on one of the charges; the work is ongoing on achieving his rehabilitation and recognition as a victim of torture in order for compensation to be paid. Trials continue without Shukurullo Kochkarov - he died on 2 August 2019. His interests are represented by his father, Saidaziz Kochkarov, who also has a visual disability. “For many years, we have been supported by the employees of BDK, they have been handling the case of my son, they brought him to court because he couldn’t walk on his own, they constantly help our family: my wife and I underwent rehabilitation, they have helped my son by providing him with medicines, they provide all kinds of help”.



Comprehensive support for victims of torture

Resident of the Kara-Suu district, Dilyor Jumabaev, has extensive experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies. In 2010, he was accused of possessing firearms, and thanks to the work of lawyers, he was acquitted. Two years later, his house was first searched in order to find materials of an extremist nature, but nothing was found. In 2014, he was accused of possessing extremist materials. In court, the prosecutor requested 15 years in prison; the court sentenced him to 6 years. A few years later he was released on parole. “I am grateful to the lawyers of BDK for their expert legal assistance. I participated in a rehabilitation program for victims of torture. When I encounter violations, I recommend contacting this organization.”


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