Press release of the PA HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan": 25 July 2022 - the second anniversary of the death of human rights activist Azimzhan Askarov

Июл 21.2022

25 July 2022 marks the second anniversary of the death of human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov, who died in colony No. 47 and did not see a fair hearing of his case by an independent and impartial court, he did tot live to see freedom. On 17 May 2022 the human rights defender would have turned 71. 

The Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" together with the solidarity and partnership network have been fighting for the release and protection of the rights of the human rights defender, prisoner of conscience Azimzhan Askarov since June 2010. For 12 years, human rights defenders and lawyers have participated in more than 49 trials in his case[1]. We had repeatedly pointed out the lack of access to timely and high-quality medical care, poor conditions of detention, which eventually led to the deterioration of the human rights defender's health condition and death. On 25 July 2020 Azimzhan Askarov died in colony No. 47 without any access to timely and high-quality medical care, he did not live long enough to see justice and freedom[2].

The director of the HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" T.A. Ismailova calls on the authorities of Kyrgyzstan, within the framework of international obligations, to fulfill the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee on A. Askarov's complaint, to rehabilitate the name of the human rights defender and prisoner of conscience and pay compensation to his family.[3] With the restoration of justice in the case of the human rights defender, the new government of Kyrgyzstan begins the fight against impunity for the tragic events of 2010, bringing to justice the real culprits of the tragedy, the officials and politicians who allowed it and participated in the conflict.

A. Askarov's wife, Khadicha believes that she will be able to achieve justice. Khadicha reports that her family constantly follows the speeches of President Sadyrov Japarov regarding the June events and hopes that the commission established to investigate the Osh events will provide a fair assessment of the events and facilitate the release of unjustly convicted prisoners.

Today, the Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" and attorneys Aidar Sydykov and B. Avtandil continue to protect the rights and interests of Khadicha Askarova after the death of human rights defender A. Askarov on 25 July, 2020 in Penal Colony No. 47. Currently, the investigation of the human rights defender's death is being conducted by the SCNS. The investigator of this agency, despite the decision of the Pervomaisky District Court to recognize the inaction of the SCNS in the investigation of Askarov's death as unjustified, continues to ignore the petitions of the attorneys. Therefore, the attorneys have appealed to the judicial authorities again.

The HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan", with the support of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, has been defending the case of A. Askarov, as well as other victims of torture and ill-treatment for the past few years. As part of Kyrgyzstan's implementation of recommendations of the UPR (Universal Periodic Review), units on protection of the rights of victims of torture and restoration of the rights of human rights defender Askarov are also included.

Today, extrajudicial executions in closed institutions have not stopped, as noted by the director of the NCPT of the KR B. Rysbekov, 151 people have died in custody during the last three years only[1], in June 2022 Marat Kazakbaev and Bakyt Asanaliev died in the SCNS pre-trial detention center. Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, as a member of FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), which unites 200 organizations around the world, considers it very important to find justice in the case of human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov and other victims to prevent torture, extrajudicial executions and injustice against torture victims in the future.

We will continue to work for Kyrgyzstan to comply with the Views of the UN Human Rights Committee on Askarov's case, as well as to implement and comply with the principles of N. Mandela in order to treat detainees humanely. The restoration of the human rights defender's rights and payment of a compensation will create a basis for preventing conflicts, risks and threats in closed institutions in the future, as well as unfair decisions, and give hope to thousands of other victims who have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned.


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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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