President of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. S.N. Japarov Open AppealИюн 03.2021
03 June 2021
President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Mr. S.N. Japarov
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.
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.