Kyrgyzstan charges rights advocate with incitement

Kyrgyz prosecutors say they have charged a human rights activist with inciting ethnic hatred.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan say they have charged a human rights activist with inciting ethnic hatred for accusing the military of complicity in deadly violence that rocked the south.
Azimzhan Askarov, head of the "Air" rights group, was detained Tuesday in his hometown near the southern city of Jalal-Abad, colleagues and a rights ombudsman told.

Prosecutors announced Saturday they had charged Askarov, but the rights ombudsman Tursunbek Akun insisted the charges were fabricated.

Activists in Bishkek demonstrated to demand the release of Askarov, who filmed some of the violence that the Central Asian nation`s leader says has killed up to 2,000 people.

Bureau Report