The Supreme Court appeal of imprisoned human rights defender Mr Azimjan Askarov will take place on 26 January 2011 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Azimjan Askarov is a prominent human rights defender and director of the human rights organisation “Vozdukh” (Air) based in Bazar Korgon. He has been the subject of various Front Line Urgent Appeals, the most recent of which dated 13 September 2010.
Azimjan Askarov has been imprisoned since his initial arrest on 15 June 2010, supposedly on suspicion of having taken part in ethnic hostilities between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Azimjan Askarov had been working on documenting the human rights violations committed in this region: for some days previous to his detention, he had been collecting data about those who had been killed and injured during the recent ethnic conflict.
Azimjan Askarov, along with several other ethnic Uzbeks, was subsequently accused of complicity in the murder of a Kyrgyz policeman during the ethnic conflict.