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Kyrgyz Police Detain Rights Activist In Osh

Police in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh have detained a human rights activist, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Ravshan Gapirov, the director of A Just Court -- The Truth, a human rights center in Osh, told RFE/RL that his colleague, Ravshan Azizov, was charged by police with being a member of the banned Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir and with illegal gun possession.

He is currently in the country's western regional detention center.

Gapirov and other local rights activists say Azizov's arrest is politically motivated and connected with his professional activities.

Representatives of the Osh Interior Affairs Department declined to comment on Azizov's detention or the charges against him.