19.8.15

Kazakhstan: more restrictive regime of custody is extended by further six months for a prisoner Rafis Galiulin

Restrictive regime of custody of Rafis Gaiulin in the Dzhezkazgan prison colony of Kazakhstan is extended the second time by six months.

Rafis Gaiulin
Rafis Rafitovich GALIULIN was born on 29 December 1970 in the city of Tselinograd (currently Astana) of Kazakhstan. He is married, has three children. He is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir international political party, which is prohibited in Kazakhstan and does not hide his beliefs. He has been in prison since October 2009.

On 3 August 2010, Galiulin was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment under the following Articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan:
         — 164, Part 2 (Incitement of Social, National, Tribal, Racial, or Religious Enmity);
         — 233-1, Part 1 (Promotion of terrorism or public appeals to commit a terrorism offence, and equal distribution of materials of mentioned contents);
         — 337-1, Part 1 (Organisation of the activity of a public or a religious association or another organisation, in respect of which there is a court decision which took legal effect about the prohibition of their activity or the liquidation on account of the implementation of extremism by them);
         — 337-1, Part 2 (Participation in the activity of a public or a religious association or another organisation, in respect of which there is a court decision which took legal effect about the prohibition of their activity or the liquidation on account of the implementation of extremism by them).

Rafis Galiulin appealed the sentence to the courts of all instances including the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan.

Since 06.11.2014, he is serving his term in the Dzhezkazgan coolly (prison No.159/25 of the Department for Management of the Correctional System (ДУИС)) where he was transferred from Prison No. LA-155/1 of the Almaty Regional office of the Committee on Management of the Criminal Correctional System.

Restrictive regime of custody was applied to Rafis Galaulin in November 2014 for six months following spread of his speech in the internet. Many things indicate that this video ended up in the internet not without involvement of the officers of the prison, who were interested in having grounds to apply the restrictive regime of custody.

Immediately upon Galiulin’s arrival at the prison colony No. 159/25 of the Department for Management of the Correctional System, its employees suggested to him to refuse to comply with the terms of his custody. He realised that this was a provocation and did not accept their “advice”. In response, 10 masked men beat up Galiulin with batons and demanded that he recorded a video message. Fearing for his already failing health, he appeared in the video. Galiulin knew in advance that such “violations” of the law attract extension of the sentence term or more restrictive regime of custody.

In accordance with Articles 135-139 of the Criminal Executive Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the strict regime of Galiulin’s custody expired in May 2015. It was immediately extended for further six months. The official reason was the discovery of razor blades, an article the prisoners are prohibited to possess, among Rafis Galiulin’s things. According to our source, the blade was planted among Galiulin’s things. It is worth noting that the incident occurred just before the end of the first terms of the punitive measure. In this manner, the authorities are carrying out their revenge on Galiulin for his refusal to announce his disaffiliation with Hizb ut-Tahrir publicly.

Rafis Galiulin is subjected to pressure throughout his prison sentence. The authorities applied a more restrictive regime of custody with the aim of restricting his access to visits, communication via telephone or in written form.

Numerous complaints of Rafis Galiulin’s family lead to an internal investigation, which revealed abuses by the officers of the administration. Following this, the regime of Galiulin’s custody was temporarily relaxed, the pressure eased.  

According to witnesses, Rafis Galiulin was prohibited to perform religious rites during the holy month of Ramadan and he ate very little. Galiulin is experiencing stomachaches with increasing frequency. His eyesight is worsening, he is losing weight and his teeth are damaged.

Separation from his wife and children and the total pressure on him, especially at the time when his sentence is coming to an end, resulted in Rafis Galiulin’s depression. His family is extremely alarmed about his physical and psychological condition. It is clear that Galiulin wrote his recent letters under the supervision of the administration.

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Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) expresses its concern about Rafis Galiulin’s condition. In this regard, we are sending reports to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief recounting physical and psychological exhaustion caused to the prisoner R. Galiulin persecuted for his religious beliefs.

AHRCA calls on the government of Kazakhstan to respect the Constitutional rights of its citizens.



Our previous publication on this topic:
— press release “Kazakhstan:a prisoner is tortured and forced to leave Khizb ut-Takhrir” dated 12 January 2015.




A citizen of Uzbekistan Davron Komoliddinov went missing in Russia

Location of Davron Komoliddinov, a citizen of Uzbekistan, remains unknown for the last five months.

On 3 April 2015, Davron was detained in the city of Krasnoyarsk of Russia following a request of Uzbekistan to extradite him. His family is not able to find him either in Russia or in Uzbekistan.

Davron Ortikovich KOMOLIDDINOV was born on 14 April 1991 in the Uchkuprik District of the Fergana Region.

Uzbek law enforcement agencies became interested in him as early as 2012. As it transpired later, two citizens of Uzbekistan, with whom he communicated in Russia, testified against Komoliddinov. Following their returned from Russia to Uzbekistan, they were detained on 3 October 2012.

In the course of 2013, Uzbek criminal investigation officers regularly visited Davron Komoliddinov’s home and coerced his family to give information about his location.

Russian law enforcement agencies informed Davron Komoliddinov’s family that he is not in the territory of the Russian Federation. They are not able to obtain any information about him in Uzbekistan either.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) sent a report to the UN Working Group on Enforce or Involuntary Disappearances.




16.8.15

Moldova: a member of Tajik opposition Sobir Valiev is under a threat of extradition

We call on Moldova to observe the principle that prohibits forced extradition of people to countries where they may face torture. In Tajikistan opponents of the regime are systematically tortured, and Sobir Valiev is also under this threat.
Sobir VALIEV

Sobir Assodulloevich VALIEV was born on 3 April 1988 in the city of Dushanbe of Tajikistan. He has a degree in economics. He is a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2008. In 2007, he renounced his Tajik citizenship. This is confirmed by an official letter from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan. He is married and has three children.

He is a member of the Political Council of the Group of 24. Since April 2015 he is a Deputy Chairman of the Group of 24. In June 2015 he became a Deputy Head of the Congress of Constructive Forces, created by the union of six opposition political organisations on the basis of a democratic platform.

On 11 August 2015 a member of the Tajik opposition Sabir Valiyev was detained in the Kishinev Airport at the request of Tajikistan for his extradition. He was recently included in the wanted list under the following Articles of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan:
307-1 (Public calls for extremist activities);
307-2 (Organisation of an extremist community).

Sobir Valiyev will stay in the detention centre of the Police Commissariat of the Kishinev city for 40 days. Meanwhile, the Moldovan Prosecutor General's Office will consider the extradition request, made on the basis of the Minsk Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance. Sobir Valiyev’s lawyer has been working on the appeal against the request from Tajikistan for his extradition. Moldova should reject the request to extradite Mr Valiev, because the national legislation of Moldova does not provide for punishment of extremism, - the lawyer Ion Mazur told the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia.

From March to May 2015, Sabir Valiyev lived in Turkey, and then went to Kishinev for three months, where he officially rented a temporary accommodation. When he was flying back from Kishinev to Istanbul, at the passport control he learned that he was wanted.

Our organisation is in possession of a summons for questioning on 14 March 2015, sent by the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs to his home address in Tajikistan, where Sabir Valiyev previously lived permanently. Soon, “A Traitor” graffiti in the Tajik language appeared on the gate and the fence of his house. For the Tajik Special Services the summons is undoubtedly a formal pretext for opening an investigative case against the famous and courageous critic of the regime of Emomali Rakhmon. The intelligence agencies know that he lives in Kyrgyzstan, as a citizen of that country.

According to the information available to AHRCA, Sabir Valiyev left Tajikistan in 2007, he has his nationality of Kyrgyzstan confirmed and complies with the passport regime of this country and all the countries where he lives temporarily.

Tajik law enforcement agencies took interest in Sobir Valiev while he lived in Kyrgyzstan. In the opposition media, he openly criticised Tajik officials for their involvement in corruption and violations of fundamental rights and freedoms. His activity intensified after the murder of the leader of the Group 24, Umarali Kuvatov, in Istanbul. Mr Valiev openly distributed on the Internet photos, posters and videos of critical nature, he participated in the peaceful protest of the Tajik opposition. Among the Tajik community his speeches are popular, including the latest one, where he condemned the closed trial in Istanbul for the murder of Umarali Kuvatov.

Tajik law enforcement agencies claim that Mr Valiev calls for unsanctioned rallies and abets the commission of extremist crimes. Tajik authorities stress that Mr Valiyev is the Deputy Head of the opposition organisation Group 24, which the Supreme Court of Tajikistan declared "extremist" in October 2015.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) believes that these accusations are clearly a response to criticism by a member of opposition Sobir Valiev, whose opinion is trusted by many Tajik citizens.

AHRCA expresses its concern at the threat of compulsory return of Sobir Valiyev to his country of birth Tajikistan for his open expression of critical opinions. We call on:

              — Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to provide effective protection to a citizen of this country Sobir Valiev against persecution motivated by false and politicised information provided by Tajikistan;

              — Government of Moldova to fulfil faithfully the conditions of Article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states “No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture”;

              — UNHCR representative office in Moldova to visit Sobir Valiyev urgently and consider his application in accordance with the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees: According to Valiyev, it is becoming dangerous for him to remain in the CIS

At the same time, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia has informed the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the OSCE, the diplomatic missions of the EU countries and the United States, international human rights organisations.






31.7.15

Russia: Tajik activist Mehribon Sattorov faces extradition

Russia refused to grant a refugee status to an activist of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement Mehribon Sattorov. He is arrested at the request of Tajikistan for extradition and detained in an Investigation Detention Facility in Moscow.

Mehribon Sattorov
Mehribon Khasanovich SATTAROV was born on 14 May 1989 in the city of Kanibadam, Leninaban (currently Sogd) Region of Takikistan. He is a citizen of Tajikistan. He is educated to a higher degree level at the Tajikistan State University of Commerce.

He was one of the initiators of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement and is an active participant of campaigns for protection of the economic migrants from Tajikistan.

He was arrested in Moscow on 3 December 2014 at the extradition request of Tajikistan. In Tajikistan, he is accused of committing crimes under the following Articles of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan: 307.1, Parts 1 and 2 (Public calls to violent change of the constitutional order of the Republic of Tajikistan); 307.2, Part 2 (Organisation of an extremist community).

Mr. Sattorov is detained in the Pre-trial Detention Facility (СИЗО) No. 4 of Moscow. He was informed that they are conducting investigations regarding him. However, the investigator has not even questioned Mehrubon Sattorov during the last eight months and does not respond to his complaints.

In Russia, Mr. Sattorov applied for a refugee status. However, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) did not grant his application, despite the risk of him being tortured in Tajikistan. Mehribon Sattorov is an authorised representative of Maksud Ibrahimov, the leader of Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement. Mr. Ibragimov was abducted in Moscow in January 2015. He was then illegally transported to Tajikistan, where he was subjected to torture and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) is concerned about the fate of a citizen of Tajikistan Mehribon Sattorov. In this regard, we call on the Russian government to fulfil its obligations under Article 3 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states that: “No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture”.

We are sending reports about a repressive campaign against supporters of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement and the opposition organisation Group of 24 to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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We present a non-exhaustive list of activist members of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement and the opposition movement Group 24, who either were arrested at the request of Tajikistan for the extradition or kidnapped and taken to Tajikistan or are under threat of arrest in Tajikistan.

  • Individuals who are in prison:
1. Maksud IBRAGIMOV, born on 3 November 1977. On 26 November 2014, he was attacked and stabbed following repeated threats. Ibragimov was abducted in Moscow in January 2015. He was then illegally taken to Tajikistan detained at the KGB. The investigation of his case was conducted in violation of the procedural rules, he was tortured and not allowed access to a lawyer; his close family are under a constant pressure and surveillance. On 24 July 2015, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

2. Negmatullo KURBONOV, born in 1989 in the Hamadon Distirct of the Khatlon Region of Tajikistan. Under a threat of arrest, he had to return to Tajikistan on 9 October 2014 and was soon sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment.

3. Umedzhon SOLEKHOV, born in 1984 in the Vasey District of the Kulyab (currently Khatlon) Region of Tajikistan. Under a threat of arrest, he had to return to Tajikistan and in December 2014 was sentenced to 17 and half years of imprisonment.

  • Individuals under a threat of arrest in Tajikistan:
4. Sherzod KOMILOV, born in 1992 in the city of Kayrakkum, the Sogd Region of Tajikistan. When his family was threatened with violence, he had to return from Russia to Tajikistan. He is persecuted for interviewing with an opposition TV channel and is under a threat of arrest.

  • Individuals under a threat of extradition: 
5. Nuriddin BAFOEV, born in 1970 in the village of Asht (currently Shaydon) of the Leninabad (currently Sogd) Region of Tajikistan. On 25 November 2014, he was arrested in Moscow, Russia.

6. Mehribon SATTAROV, born on 14 May 1989 in the city of Kanibadam of the Leninabad (currently Sogd) Region of Tajikistan. He was arrested on 3 December 2014 on extradition request of Tajikistan; he is currently held in the Pre-trial Detention Facility (СИЗО) № 4 of Moscow, Russia.

7. Abdurahim VOSIEV, born in 1987 in the Khalton District of the Khalton Region of Tajikistan. He is a resident of the city of Kabodyan. He was arrested on 12 November 2014 on extradition request of Tajikistan, currently held in the Pre-trial Detention Facility (СИЗО) № 4 of Moscow, Russia.

8. Karim OBIDOV, arrested in Moscow, no further information is available.

9. Sulaymon DZHABIROV, arrested on 10 December 2014 in the city of Samara, Russia, currently held in the Pre-trial Detention Facility (СИЗО) № 1 of Moscow, Russia.

10. Roziya ABDURAHMONOVA, born in 1961 in the Dzhaloliddin Rumi District of the Khatlon Region of Tajikistan. She was arrested on 19 December 2014 in the city of Novosibirsk, Russia.

11. Mirzohakim AKHMEDOV, born in 1982. He was arrested in May 2015, in the city of Saratov, Russia on extradition request of Tajikistan.

12. Firuz LOIKOV, born on 26 February 1994. In April 2015, he was arrested in Moscow, Russia on extradition request of Tajikistan. We do not have any further details.

13. Shabnam KHUDOYDODOVA, born on 20 December 1986 in the city of Kulyab. She was arrested in the Republic of Belarus on 13 June 2015.
*We are not reporting about the cases of arrests in the EU countries and Turkey as requested by applicants.
  • Missing individuals:
14. Ehson ODINAYEV, born on 12 June 1991. On 19 May 2015, he disappeared in the city of Sank-Petersburg, Russia in mysterious circumstances.

  • Information is not available:
15. Oyatullo GILYAYEV, born in 1988 in the Lenin (currently Rudaki) District of Tajikistan. He was detained in the city of Novosibirsk. We do not have any further information about him.











28.7.15

Russia: Tajik blogger of the Group 24 Ehson Odinayev is missing

It has been 72 days since the disappearance of the blogger Ehson Odinayev more famous as Sarafrozi Olamafruz.

Ehson Odinayev
Ehson Sayfulloyevich Odinayev was born on 12 June 1991. He is a citizen of Tajikistan.

He has a secondary education. Since 2007, he has been living in Russia permanently. During the first years of his residency, he used to participate actively in public cultural events organised by the Embassy of Tajikistan in Moscow, as well as in the projects aimed at protection of the Tajik economic migrants.

When Odinayev faced injustice and felt the vulnerability against the repressive regime of Emomali Rakhmon, he took an active civil stand. In the last presidential elections, Odinayev voted for an alternative candidate. He became involved in protests organised by political opposition leaders.

Later, Ehson Odinayev became an activist of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement, a member political organisation of the Group 24.

“On 19 May 2015, he left home located at 20 Tambov Street of St. Petersburg about 18.00, presumably heading to the Violet pharmacy in order to buy Aridzon – a medicine to relieve inflammation of his eye and did not return. His mobile phone is not answered, and he has not contacted anyone"- said a statement reporting the disappearance of missing Ehson Odinayev produced by his brother Vaysiddin Odinayev.

This report was submitted, on 23 May 2015, to the Frunze District, Sankt-Petersburg Department of the MIA of Russia. So far, there has been no news from the agencies of the Ministry Internal Affair.

For the last months before his disappearance, he secretly lived in his friend’s apartment. His family found eavesdropping devices planted there. They said that lately he often hinted to them that suspicious looking people were following him. When Ehson Odinayev’s brother and mother arrived at the apartment after his disappearance, they found that the place was illegally search. Ehson managed to leave a few signs which suggest to his suffering mother that he did not disappear of his own will. The protracted nature of the crisis.

Everyone who knows Ehson Odinayev personally believes that special services of Tajikistan, who have been long after him, are involved in his disappearance. Recently, Tajikistan declared him wanted by Interpol, accusing him of involvement in cybercrimes. These charges are politically motivated and cause serious doubts. Much points to the fact that this young and daring blogger irritates the corrupt government of Tajikistan with his open criticism.

The name of Sarafrozi Olamafruz is popular in the Internet, especially among the Tajik community. We offer you a partial list of the pages in social networks and opposition online publications:


Tajikistan launched an unprecedented crackdown on opponents of the Emomali Rakhmon regime. Intelligence agencies of the country are using illegal and violent methods:

— A leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement Maksud Ibragimov was abducted in December 2014 in Moscow and illegally transported to Tajikistan. Under torture, he was forced to give a written evidence that he voluntarily returned home. On 24 July 2015, he was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment to be served in a maximum-security penal colony;

— A leader of the opposition organisation Group 24 Umarali Kuvatov, following several attempts, was first poisoned together with his wife and children and then shot in the head in March 2015 in Istanbul;

— There are numerous arrests and abductions of supporters of political opposition leaders and critics of the regime.

Tajik activists, even those who have Russian citizenship, are leaving the CIS countries and applying for international protection in the countries, which have ratified the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees. Actions of the intelligence agencies of Tajikistan are forcing them to do so. Those who remain in Russia and other CIS countries are forced to go underground. They no longer believe that lawyers and human rights activists can protect them. Many civil society activists of Tajikistan, especially those living abroad, feel vulnerable. They are urgently contacting the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia and international human rights organisations: HRW, NHC, Amnesty International and others.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) is extremely concerned about the disappearance of the Tajik blogger Ehson Odinayev. We urge the Russian government to create conditions for fair and objective investigation of this case.

The ineffectiveness of the domestic means of protection of human rights in Tajikistan and other CIS countries is an explanation for executions of the critics of Emomali Rakhmon’s regime. Urgent intervention of the international community to urge the government of Tajikistan to respect the fundamental human rights and freedoms is necessary.





26.7.15

Tajikistan officially reported that Maksud Ibragimov is sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment

The Ismoil Somoni District Court of the city of Dushanbe confirmed that a sentence was handed down against Maksud Ibragimov, a leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement.

On 24 July 2015 he was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment, not 13 years as we previously reported on 15 July 2015 in a press release In Dushanbe Maksud Ibragimov a leader ofthe Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement is sentenced.

Maksud Ibragimov
Maksud Muhidinovich Ibragimov was born on 3 November 1977 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He is a founder and Chairman of the Russian youth organisation "Youth of Tajikistan for Revival". He is a member of the governing Council of an opposition coalition "New Tajikistan", which includes the "Group 24".

In 2004 Maqsud Ibragimov renounced citizenship of Tajikistan and acquired citizenship of the Russian Federation. He has been in permanent residence in Russia for more than 10 years.

On 26 November 2014 Maksud Ibragimov was attacked in Moscow. He was stabbed, causing substantial damage his health.

According to his relatives, in January officers of the Metgorodok Department of the MIA arrested Maksud Ibragimov at his home. Later, he was brought to the Preobrazhensk Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Moscow. He submitted a complaint about his kidnapping in November and was released. When Maksud Ibragimov left the building of the Prosecutor’s Office, some unidentified men were waiting for him. Against his will, they took Maksud Ibrahimov to the airport and was sent to Dushanbe, undocumented, in the luggage compartment. Upon arrival, Ibragimov was forced under torture to say that he came to Tajikistan voluntarily.

The official statement issued by the press office of the Court reads “At the Court hearing on 24 June, Maksud Mukhidinovich Ibragimov was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. This individual is found guilty of committing series of crimes, under Articles 307, part 3 (Public Calls to Forcible Changing the Constitutional System of the Republic of Tajikistan committed on the instructions of hostilely incited organisations and representatives of foreign states);  307, part 2 (Public Calls to Forcible Changing the Constitutional System of the Republic of Tajikistan committed by an organised group); and part 1 (Public Calls to extremist activities and Organisation of extremist community); 187, part 1 (Organising of a criminal community for committing felonies or especially grievous crimes) and part 2 (Participation in a criminal community) of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan and is sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment to be served in a maximum security prison”.

We learned that Maksud Ibragimov is appealing against the Sentence.

Meanwhile, prosecution of the members of Youth of Tajikistan for Rival movement and the opposition Group 24, which are members of the New Tajikistan coalition continues.




Our previous publications on this topic:
            — press release "Belarus: imprisoned Shabnam Khudoydodova from Tajikistan was allowed to meet with a lawyer" dated 20 July 2015;
 press release "In Dushanbe Maksud Ibragimov a leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement is sentenced " dated 15 July 2015;
— press release "A member of Group 24 of Tajikistan Shabnam Khudoydodova arrested in Belarus" dated 18 June 2015;
— press release "Turkey: Leader of the Tajik opposition Umarali Kuvatov murdered in Istanbul" dated 5 March 2015;
— press release "Arrests of the Tajik activists. In Moscow, Maksud Ibragimov is missing" dated 26 January 2015;
— press release "Turkey: the leader of «Group 24» Umarali Kuvatov faces a threat of extradition" dated 13 January 2015;
— press release" Turkey: the leader of «Goup 24» Umarali Kuvatov is detained" dated 20 December 2014;
— press release "Russia: an attempt on the life of a member of the Tajik opposition Maksud Ibragimov" dated 1 December 2014.







20.7.15

Belarus: imprisoned Shabnam Khudoydodova from Tajikistan was allowed to meet with a lawyer

On 14 July 2015 a Belorussian lawyer was able to meet her client Shabnam Khudoydodova, as reported by her sister Mijgona Khudoydodova.
Shabnam Khudoydodova
Shabnam Khayrulloevna KHUDOYDODOVA was born on 20 December 1986 in the city of Kulyab of the Tajikistan SSR. She has an underage daughter.

 In social networks, she actively supported the critical opinions of the political opposition of Tajikistan, she emphasised the need for democratic reforms in her home country. Whenever she could, Ms Hudoydodova participated in humanitarian rallies in support of Tajik migrant workers.

The arrested activist of the Group 24, declared in the wanted list by Tajikistan via Interpol, is in the Pre-trial Detention Centre (СИЗО) No.7 (of the MIA of Belarus). As it transpired, Shabnam was arrested on 13 June, not 15 June as we reported previously. For the initial three days, she was detained in the Temporary Detention Centre of the Border Control Services. Later, she was transferred to the Investigations Detention Centre in the city of Brest.

As we learned, Shabnam Khudoyberganova claimed asylum in Belarus and her application is pending. Shabnam has no complaints regarding the conditions of her detention and the way she is treated. She is extremely concerned about the threat of forced return to Tajikistan.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) welcomes granting access for the lawyer to represent Shabnam Khudoydodova. This is a very important step in ensuring the protection of her fundamental right to defence.



Our previous publications on this topic:
— press release "In Dushanbe a sentence is passed against Maksud Ibragimov, the leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement» dated 15 July 2015;
— press release "Belarus: imprisoned Shabnam Khudoydodova of Tajikistan has not been given an access to a lawyer" dated 4 July 2015;
— press release "A member of Group 24 of Tajikistan Shabnam Khudoydodova arrested in Belarus" dated 18 June 2015;
— press release "Turkey: Leader of the Tajik opposition Umarali Kuvatov murdered in Istanbul" dated 5 March 2015;
— press release "Arrests of the Tajik activists. In Moscow, Maksud Ibragimov is missing" dated 26 January 2015;
— press release "Turkey: the leader of «Group 24» Umarali Kuvatov faces a threat of extradition" dated 13 January 2015;
— press release "Turkey: the leader of «Goup 24» Umarali Kuvatov is detained" dated 20 December 2014;
— press release " Russia: an attempt on the life of a member of the Tajik opposition Maksud Ibragimov" dated 1 December 2014.