Friday, October 15, 2010

Kyrgyz Attorneys Forced to Desert Uzbek Clients

Fifty Kyrgyzstan attorneys, representing ethnic Uzbeks who were charged with involvement in recent inter-ethnic clashes, declared that they have to refuse to participate in court hearings because security is not guaranteed for them and their families. Defendants and their attorneys have been repeatedly attacked and beaten by the relatives of Kyrgyz victims, mostly women, often right in courtrooms. During the last three days, six attorneys were beaten in courts; the judges and the police did not intervene.

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