Kyrgyzstan: detained pro-democracy defender sentenced to 18-month jail (Update)Event
- Initial Date
- Aug 20, 2021
- Event Description
An organizer of March rallies against Kyrgyzstan's constitutional amendments has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on a charge of calling to seize power by force.
Bishkek's Sverdlov district court on August 20 sentenced Tilekmat Kudaibergenov (aka Kurenov), who reiterated his innocence after his sentence was pronounced.
Kudaibergenov was arrested in mid-March and later transferred to house arrest.
Before his detention, police searched his home and the office of the Against KHANstitution movement that opposed the amendments initiated by President Sadyr Japarov.
Kudaibergenov is one the organizers of March 9 rallies in Bishkek against the amendments that ended up being approved in a nationwide referendum on April 11.
Critics have said that the constitutional amendments that very much increased presidential powers helped Japarov to consolidate power.
Kudaibergenov is a noted activist also known as a founder and a leader of a movement against granting concessions for the Jetim-Too iron ore field near the Chinese border to foreign investors.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Pro-democracy defender
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 20 August 2021, Tilekmat Kudaibergenov, detained pro-democracy defender, was sentenced to 18-month jail for co-organising a rally cirticising the constitutional amendments in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
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