Activist Azimyan Asjarov died in a Kyrgyz prison on Saturday, where he had been sentenced to instigating violence between communities in the country for a decade after criticizing a trial for serious irregularities and torturing Asjarov during the interrogation United Nations and NGO.
Askharov’s lawyer, Valeryan Vajitov, visited the activist in prison on July 22. According to the lawyer, 69-year-old Askharov had lost a lot of weight, had yellowish skin, coughed and had difficulty speaking. Askharov said that he had not eaten in the past ten days and therefore received glucose injections to stay on his feet.
Asjarov, of Uzbek origin, was arrested on June 15, 2010, immediately after a wave of extremely violent unrest in South Kyrgyzstan that killed nearly a thousand people, most of them Uzbeks.
According to the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Kyrgyz security services subsequently launched systematic harassment and arbitrary arrests, which were one of the activist’s main goals. Askharov was eventually charged with allegedly being involved in the killing of a police officer in the city of Bazar-Korgon on June 13, 2010.