President of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. S.N. Japarov Open Appeal

Июн 03.2021

03 June 2021

President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. S.N. Japarov

Open Appeal

Dear President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Sadyr Nurkozhoyevich,

10 June 2021 will mark the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of June 2010. The June tragedy claimed the lives of civilians and left thousands of people without means of subsistence, they were forced to relocate, leaving their homes in peacetime. All these years, the victims of the conflict have lived in conditions of inequity and unattainable justice.

According to unofficial data, about 800 people were killed in the first days of the riots. On the evening of 14 June 2010 the media reported more than 2 thousand deaths. However, the Kyrgyz state authorities provided different statistics: 443 victims were officially registered.[1]

We are waiting with great excitement for the results of your instruction to the State Committee for National Security as of 3 April 2021 on the importance of studying the materials of the June 2010 tragedy and, finally, for faith in justice to be given to people, as well as a chance that such tragedies will not happen again in the future.

We went through 47 trials together with Azimzhan. At the moment, the fact of death of Askarov, human rights defender, journalist and artist, who suffered from illnesses in the Penal Colony 19 and perished within the walls of the Penal Colony 47, is being investigated by the investigator of the State Penitentiary Service (GSIN). This causes a conflict of interests and makes it impossible to conduct an objective investigation.  For example, there is a refusal to conduct a second, independent, commission-based examination.


We support you and your efforts in the fight against impunity in Kyrgyzstan. We hope that the strategically important case of the human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov, who was illegally detained on 15 June 2010 while performing his professional work on recording human rights violations in Bazar Korgon, who suffered severe torture, discrimination and humiliation, and was deprived of the right to fair justice, will finally find Justice.

Azimzhan Askarov, his family, colleagues and partners from different parts of the world have fought and continue to fight against the impunity of officials at various levels, who, covering up their crimes, ignoring all legal instruments, including the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee (as of May, 2016), trampled on the principle of equality of citizens before the Law in the Kyrgyz Republic and remain unpunished.

Azimzhan's wife, Khadicha Askarova, his children and grandchildren, human rights defenders, and the international community are looking forward to your political will to restore the rule of law and justice with regard to the human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov. According to the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee (May, 2016), the human rights defender will be acquitted posthumously, his family will receive compensation and officials at all levels who violated the rights of the human rights defender will appear before the courts. Kyrgyzstan will finally regain its image and status as an independent state, in the UN, OSCE, and the European Union, as a country committed to universal values, humanity, and justice, respecting human rights of each person, fighting against impunity in the world, and aiming for sustainable development.

Restoring the rights of the human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov will help regain trust in the government of the Kyrgyz Republic, which was trampled during the 30 years of independence by corrupt officials and the family-clan system. We believe in you and expect Justice to be restored in the very near future.


Director of the Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino - Kyrgyzstan" Tolekan Ismailova and the Solidarity Partner Network.




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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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