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A Welcome Ruling in Askarov Case in Kyrgyzstan

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Freedom House applauds the ruling of a regional court in Kyrgyzstan to reopen an investigation into allegations that human rights defender Azimjan Askarov was tortured while in detention in 2010. The court noted important unanswered questions about the time of Askarov's actual detention as opposed to the time when his detention was officially recorded. Askarov and his lawyers allege that during this unrecorded time, police beat and tortured him. Askarov is serving a life sentence on charges of involvement in the murder of a police officer, charges that Freedom House and other human rights organizations have condemned as baseless and politicized.

"The ruling to reopen an investigation into the treatment of Azimjan Askarov is a small but crucial step towards justice for Askarov and a crucial test for Kyrgyzstan's justice system," said Susan Corke, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House. "This welcome example of judicial oversight of the police and prosecutor's office shows that Kyrgyzstan's institutional checks and balances are growing stronger. We hope that this is the beginning of a process that will lead to freedom for Askarov and prevent future miscarriages of justice for all citizens of Kyrgyzstan."

Kyrgyzstan is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2013 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Askarov’s case and Kyrgyzstan, please visit:
Freedom House Dismayed by Results of Askarov Appeal in Kyrgyzstan
Freedom House Calls for Release of Kyrgyz Human Rights Defender Azimjan Askarov
Another Miscarriage of Justice in Askarov Case
Freedom in the World 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom of the Press 2013:  Kyrgyzstan
Nations in Transit 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom on the Net 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom House in Kyrgyzstan
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