Kyrgyz Activist Fined For Inciting Hatred Calls Ruling Politically Motivated, Plans To Appeal

A court in Bishkek on March 23 fined a noted civil rights activist, Aijan Myrsalieva, 100,000 soms ($1,145), after finding her guilty of inciting hatred.

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Myrsalieva had criticized a local politician on social media for allegedly making discriminatory remarks about ethnic Kyrgyz. The court ruled that her comments had the potential to incite social and ethnic hatred. Myrsalieva denies the charges and says she plans to appeal the ruling. Human rights groups have criticized the verdict, calling it a violation of freedom of speech and an attempt to silence critics. They also express concern about the increasing use of hate speech laws to suppress dissent in Kyrgyzstan.

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