MIL-OSI NGOs: Kyrgyzstan: Politically motivated charges in “Kempir-Abad case” must be dropped and those on trial immediately released

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Source: Amnesty International –

Ahead of the court decision in the so-called “Kempir-Abad case” where the state prosecution has asked for 20 year-long sentences for 22 peaceful protesters and government critics, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said:

“The Kyrgyzstani authorities must immediately drop all charges against and release these individuals. They have been prosecuted solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights. The case against them has also been marred by inconsistencies and procedural violations, casting serious doubts on the fairness of the trial.”

“This is a travesty of justice and a politically motivated assault on the human rights of those who dare to protest and speak out against the lack of transparency and accountability in government.  

This is a travesty of justice and a politically motivated assault on the human rights of those who dare to protest and speak out against the lack of transparency and accountability in government

Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

“We call on the international community to put pressure on the Kyrgyzstani authorities to uphold their human rights obligations, including by ensuring respect for the rights of everyone in the country.”

Background

On 10 June, prosecutors requested 20 years in prison with confiscation of property for all 22defendants, who are charged with preparing for mass riots. Several face an additional charge of attempting to violently overthrow authority. The criminal proceedings were opened in response to the public opposition to the government’s decision regarding the border dispute over the Kempir-Abad water reservoir and the surrounding lands with Uzbekistan, in 2022.

During the investigation and trial, the detainees, including Rita Karasartova, a renowned human rights defender, have been held in inhumane conditions and have not been allowed to access the medical treatment they need for deteriorating health conditions.

The trial has been conducted behind closed doors. The defendants have repeatedly reported violations of their rights, including lack of access to adequate medical care and denial of the right to a fair hearing, as the court has routinely rejected defence motions and ignored substantial evidence that contradicts the prosecution’s claims.

MIL OSI NGO