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Jul. 21, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Kyrgyzstan: Release Human Rights Defender and Journalist Azimjan Askarov

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NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns Kyrgyzstan's failure to implement April's United Nations (UN) resolution, which calls for the release of Azimjan Askarov, a human rights defender and journalist who has been arbitrarily imprisoned since 2010. Last week, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan overturned Askarov’s conviction and ordered a new trial but failed to order his release. Askarov is an award-wining journalist and the recipient of the 2011 Homo Homini Award and the 2012 International Press Freedom Award.

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Jul. 18, 2016 | Press Releases

Zimbabwe: HRF Welcomes Dropped Charges Against Mawarire; Urges Authorities to Stop Arbitrary Arrests

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NEW YORK (July 18, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) welcomes the release of civil society leader Evan Mawarire and the court’s ruling that his rights were violated. Mawarire is a popular evangelical pastor who started the “#ThisFlag” movement to protest against police brutality and the destruction of the economy under President Mugabe’s rule. Upon his arrest, Mawarire was charged with “inciting public disorder,” but the prosecution then added the more severe charge of subversion on the day of Mawarire’s trial without notifying his legal team. During Mawarire’s trial last Wednesday, a magistrate judge ruled that it was unconstitutional for the prosecution to bring new charges in court and acquitted Mawarire of all charges.

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