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Veteran Rights Defender Languishes in Kyrgyzstan Jail

Expand Azimjan Askarov in an undated photograph before his imprisonment. For the last eight and a half years, Azimjon Askarov, a 68-year-old human rights defender from Kyrgyzstan, has not been able to embrace his wife, play with his grandkids, or enjoy Iftar feasts with friends and family during the holy month of Ramadan. Askarov has spent these years wrongfully and unjustly imprisoned. His continued detention is a deep stain on Kyrgyzstan’s human rights record. Kyrgyz authorities detained Askarov in June 2010, following a deadly outbreak of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan. Over four days,…

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