Kyrgyzstan: Open letter to the President of Kyrgyzstan Regarding Azimjan Askarov’s Case

We, international human rights and press freedom organisations, recognize this is a very challenging time for the government and people of Kyrgyzstan as the country deals with the threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. We call upon the government of Kyrgyzstan to guarantee adequate medical care and protective measures against COVID-19 for all prisoners and prison staff. We would like to call upon the government of Kyrgyzstan to urgently release Mr. Askarov, and until then ensure that actions are taken to protect his health, ensure access to appropriate hygiene, screening and if needed medical assistance.

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