World Movement Participant Edil Baisalov Assaulted in Kyrgyzstan

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[April 20, 2006]

World Movement Participant Edil Baisalov Assaulted in Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyz human rights activist and participant in the Fourth Assembly of the World Movement in Istanbul, Turkey, in April, 2006, was severely attacked in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on April 12, 2006 by an unidentified assailant. He sustained a closed cerebral fracture, concussion, and a contusion. According to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health his condition is "relatively satisfactory." Baisilov has been an outspoken critic of organized crime and corruption. On April 8, he led an estimated 2,000 people in a peaceful march that called for law and order in the country and protested the growth of organized crime and attempts by criminal groups to gain access to political power. The World Movement for Democracy expresses its solidarity with Baisalov and urges the Kyrgyz authorities to conduct a fair and open investigation to determine who the perpetrators of this attack were and bring them to justice.

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