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Letter to President Askar Akaev

March 17 Deaths of Protestors

We are writing to you today to express our deep concern regarding the March 17 events in Jalal-Abad province, in which police killed at least five protesters and wounded many more during a demonstration, and to ask that you establish, as a matter of priority, an independent investigation into the killings. We further look to you to bring to justice those responsible for any indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force, which might have led to the killings, and to instruct law enforcement officers to refrain from the use of such force.

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