Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Reinstated for Uzbek Activist

Jailed activist Azimjan Askarov at the Chui regional court on January 24. Any hope that authorities in Kyrgyzstan might show leniency toward Askarov was squashed, when the court reinstated his life sentence. Rights advocates expressed dismay at the verdict, calling it a violation of Kyrgyzstan’s international commitments. (Photo: Anna Lelik)

Any hope that authorities in Kyrgyzstan might show leniency toward jailed activist Azimjan Askarov was squashed on January 24, when a court reinstated his life sentence. Rights advocates expressed dismay at the verdict, calling it a violation of Kyrgyzstan’s international commitments.

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Anna Lelik is a Bishkek-based reporter.

Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Reinstated for Uzbek Activist

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