Azimzhan Askarov was an ethnic Uzbek Kyrgyzstani political activist who founded the group Vozduh in 2002 to investigate police brutality.
20 Facts About Azimzhan Askarov
Azimzhan Askarov was arrested and prosecuted on charges of creating mass disturbances, incitement of ethnic hatred, and complicity in murder.
In November 2010, Azimzhan Askarov's health was reported to be rapidly deteriorating as a result of his confinement.
On 12 July 2016, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan revoked the life sentence against Azimzhan Askarov and sent his case to the Chui Oblast Court for review.
Azimzhan Askarov was resentenced for life on 24 January 2017.
Azimzhan Askarov was born on 17 May 1951, in the village Bazar-Korgon, Kyrgyzstan.
Azimzhan Askarov was married to Hadicha Askarova and they had three sons.
Azimzhan Askarov worked as a human rights activist since the mid-1990s.
Azimzhan Askarov then distributed the video to international media and accused the Kyrgyz military of complicity in the killings.
Azimzhan Askarov was arrested on 15 June 2010 in Bazar-Korgon.
Azimzhan Askarov was tried along with other human rights activists before a court in the Nooken District of the Jalal-Abad Province.
Azimzhan Askarov himself testified that he had been beaten and tortured while in police custody, and his lawyer reported that Azimzhan Askarov had further bruises on his back.
On 10 November 2010, Azimzhan Askarov's sentence was upheld by an appellate court.
Two days later, Amnesty International reported that Azimzhan Askarov's health was failing rapidly; he was moved from his prison hospital to a hospital in Bishkek.
Azimzhan Askarov insisted on the review of his case in the Kyrgyz legislature.
Azimzhan Askarov's cause has been championed by American actor Martin Sheen.
In May 2011, an exhibition of Azimzhan Askarov's paintings opened in Bishkek, organized by his wife and various Kyrgyz human rights organizations.
In 2012, Azimzhan Askarov won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Azimzhan Askarov died on 25 July 2020, one day after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
Azimzhan Askarov was 69, and suffered from a heart condition and other chronic illnesses in the time leading up to his death.