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FIDH asks to stop persecution of Dina Maslova, Naryn Aiyp and Cholpon Dzhakupova

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization against Torture draw their attention to the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

The organizations say that the head of the legal clinic Adilet, ex-deputy Cholpon Dzhakupova, editor-in-chief of the independent publication Zanoza.kg Dina Maslova and journalist Naryn Aiyp are subject to judicial persecution

FIDH appeals to the Kyrgyz authorities to stop the persecution of these three Kyrgyzstanis and other human rights defenders, and called for the provision of international standards for the observance of the rights of all parties during trials.

The appeal emphasizes the need to stop the practice of bringing to justice human rights defenders on the basis of artificial accusations of damaging the honor and dignity of the president of the country.

International organizations call for respect for the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, as well as human rights and its freedoms, as prescribed in international treaties that have been ratified by Kyrgyzstan. In the opinion of the authors of the appeal, the Law «On Guarantees of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic», adopted in 2003, contradicts the Constitution. It shall be canceled.

Earlier, Prosecutor General Indira Dzoldubaeva filed five lawsuits against Zanoza.kg and its journalist — by 27 million soms for publications, which, according to the authorities, harmed the honor and dignity of the president. Journalists lost all the courts in the first instance, and the site is blocked.