Kyrgyzstan: Prisoners of conscience back on trial: the cases of Topchubek Turgunaliyev and Yrysbek Omurzakov
Amnesty International published in May 1996 the report Kyrgyzstan: A tarnished human rights record (EUR 58/01/96), comprising a summary of concerns about the non-observance of international human rights standards. The report featured the cases of a number of people who had been subject to criminal prosecution and in some cases imprisoned for exercising their fundamental human right to freedom of expression. At the time of writing this report, Topchubek Turgunaliyev has already been convicted and is serving a custodial sentence, while Yrysbek Omurzakov is in detention pending trial. Both men are once again prisoners of conscience.