The well-known human rights activist Azimjan Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment on false charges of inciting the murder of a policeman during the mass ethnic unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. He is currently serving his sentence in prison in Bishkek.
Laws, adopted in Ukraine on 16 January, violate the legislative procedures, run counter to international treaties and domestic legislation and seriously restrict rights and freedoms of citizens of the country. These are the main conclusions of the legal analysis done by independent experts of the Centre for Civil Liberties and Euromaidan SOS civic initiative.
This year, in the run-up to and aftermath of Azerbaijan’s October presidential election, the Azerbaijani authorities have been busy working to silence criticism and dissent, imposing severe restrictions on the ability of journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders, civic and political activists, and ordinary citizens to exercise their