Citizen of Russia Yuri Korepanov allowed leaving Uzbekistan

Sentenced in Uzbekistan for treason to 16 years in jail a citizen of Russia Yuri Korepanov returned to Yekaterinburg. He served 10 months of his sentence under these absurd charges. Now he is restoring his health.
29 August 2011 Yuri Korepanov left Uzbekistan. 11 January 2011 Military Tribunal of Uzbekistan sentenced him to 16 years of imprisonment.

30 October 2010 Korepanov was detained by border service of Uzbekistan at the station Keles at the Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan border. After that he was sentenced to 1 year of imprisonment under Article 223 of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan (“Unlawful exit or entry to the Republic of Uzbekistan”) and to 15 years of imprisonment under Article 157 of the Criminal Code of RU for “treason to the State in favour the Russian Federation”.
Yuri Korepanov was born on 20 March 1947 in the village of Pokrovskoye Alapaev district of Sverdlovskaya Province.

In 1967 he graduated with honours the Tashkent Higher Tank School. He started his career as a commander of a cadet platoon and finished as a commander of a battalion and a teacher of the military higher school in Tashkent. He graduated from the Military Academy of the Armoured Troops named after the Marshal of the Soviet Union R.Ya. Malinovsky. After that he was seconded to Tashkent as a teacher аt the military chair of the Institute of Irrigation and mechanisation of agriculture of Uzbekistan.

In 2002 he completed military service in the rank of a colonel and in the position of a head of the military chair of that Institute. He is a pensioner of the Ministry of Defence of Russia. He was awarded with numerous orders and medals of the Ministry of Defence of the USSR and Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan.

Retired Col. Yuri Korepanov received permission to leave Uzbekistan during the UN Human Rights session whose agenda included his case.

We wrote about this case before:

Press-release “Uzbekistan: citizen of Russia Yuri Korepanov released from custody, but cannot leave Uzbekistan » of 25.08.2011 http://nadejda-atayeva.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-post_25.html 

            Press release “Uzbekistan: Incarceration of the 63-year old Yuri Korepanov leads to his heart attack» of 1.03.2011 http://nadejda-atayeva.blogspot.com/2011/03/63.html 

            Press Release “The Absurd Verdict: Uzbekistan has convicted Yuri Korepanov, a Russian citizen, for “betraying his Uzbek motherland” of 24.02.2011. http://nadejda-atayeva.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-post_1279.html



Uzbekistan: citizen of Uzbekistan deported from Norway has been released from custody

11 November 2011, at 6 am in the Tashkent airport a citizen of Uzbekistan Zarifa Yusupova deported from Norway was detained. It became known to us that she was released from custody although her laptop computer has not been returned to her. The situation of Yusupova is still a matter of concern.
8 November 2011 at 7 am Norwegian time in the suburb of Oslo police arrested a citizen of Uzbekistan Zarifa Yusupova. A ground for arrest was the decision of Norway adopted in September 2010on the deportation of her family. Her two young children were with her. Her husband Muzafar Tafarov was out of town therefore he is still in Norway.

10 November 2011 Zarifa Yusupova and her children were deported to Uzbekistan. She was detained upon arrival in the Tashkent airport. It is not clear for how long she had been held in custody. On 20 November we learned from a reliable source that she was released. The confiscated computer was not returned to her. She is avoiding any communication.

Since 2009 Yusupova has been persecuted in Uzbekistan for religious convictions therefore she asked for international protection.

Norwegian human rights defenders took a proactive stance in this case. They did all they could for Norway to reverse its decision on the deportation of Yusupova’s husband Muzafar Tafarov.

Information on the deported members of this family is not easily accessible. According to our Uzbekistani colleagues there is a 24/7 surveillance of her house for the past several days. The owner of the car stationed near the house is suspiciously interested in Zarifa Yusupova.

Article 3 of the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment prohibits deportation of persons to countries where they fall under the threat torture or other unacceptable forms of treatment.

Deportation of Zarifa Yusupova and her young children once again proves that forcible deportation of people to Uzbekistan is unacceptable due to the systemic practice of torture in that country.

According to the information of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia over the recent period of time eight persons were deported from the European Union to Uzbekistan. Three of them were subjected to criminal prosecution upon false charges; five of them are not able to obtain permission to leave the country.


Uzbekistan: why inmate is denied meeting with his wife?

Convicted citizen of Kazakhstan Kuanysh Nurenov is serving his sentence in Uzbekistan. He was put in a punishment isolator and tortured. Intervention of the Kazakh diplomats did not help. For the past several months Nurenov’s wife is being unable to obtain permission to seeing him. For several months his relatives do not know about his real location.

Nurenov Kuanysh Ordabaevich, DOB 25.10.1985, citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2006 he was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment under Articles 159 ("Encroachment on constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan"), 244-1 ("Production or dissemination of materials containing threat to public security and public order") of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan. We know from reliable sources that before September 2011 h served his sentence in colony 64/71 in the settlement Jaslyk (Republic of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan).

In August 2006 upon the invitation of his friend Kuanysh Nurenov was visiting Karakalpakstan and was arrested there. He was charged with heavy crimes. He was tortured during pre-trial detention. The participation of a lawyer as well the subsequent judicial proceedings were formality void of substance. To serve his sentence he was sent to Jaslyk where the inmates jailed under Article 159 are subjected to systematic torture. From the letter of his wife Lyazzat Salimova: “…He was beaten up time and again without reason till he would lose his consciousness; there is a deep scar on his head left from heavy beating. His camera mate could not stand such torture and committed a suicide. My husband has changed; he is very thin and is often sick”.

Complaints of inmates against torture in the colonyJaslykoften come from their relatives. In January 2011 the prosecutor’s office in Kungrad city conducted an inspection in that colony. The inmates were interviewed in the presence of the administration that impeded any critical communication. On 10 April 2011 there was a repeated inspection and that day Kuanysh Nurenov just like other inmates of the colony was forced to sign a statement prepared in advance: “I am fine, I am well fed, I am not beaten, I am in good health”. First he resisted signing the lie, but then they started beating him with a club on his soles and with barbed wire on his back.

I fear for my husband’s life, the father of my son!” writes Lyazzat Salimova to the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia. She heard about Kuanysh’s suffering from his mother who is currently very ill and is unable to visit her son.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan does not have an agreement on the prisoner transfer. However, prisoner Nurenov’s wife keeps knocking on the doors of the embassies of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan addressing the prosecutor’s office in Kazakhstan. Lyazzat speaks with much appreciation about the Kazakh diplomats. Consul went to Jaslyk with her several times. He saw how this fragile woman carries food to her husband and is trying to help him. Lyazzat believes in his innocence and hopes very much that Kazakhstan would not let down its citizen. I bought food stuff for my husband for the last money I had. For several days I have been waiting for permission to see him, but the head of the colony does not recognize the marriage certificate issued by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan. Everybody here is pushing me back and humiliating me. The food stuff that I brought for my husband is going off”, she said with tears on the phone on 11 November 2011.  This time she decided not to leave for Kazakhstan unless she sees her husband.

Kuanysh Nurenov and Lyazzat Salimova have a son, Elnur, who is almost five years old. He has not seen his father as his mother was pregnant with him when his father was jailed. The child has not gone to school yet, but he can write.   He sent a letter to our Organizations and asked us to give this letter to his father: “Daddy, I love you. I miss you. I am waiting for you. Elnur.His mother   has not been able to see her husband for 5 years. She has been in common marriage before September 2011. However, after their marriage was registered, the head of the “Jaslyk” colony Berdyev ignored the marriage certificate against all logic. It looks like he has been impeding the meeting of spouses. But why has he? Was Kuanysh in such a deplorable condition that it would be better not to show him to the outer world or was it a way for the head of the colony to show his authority?

It is necessary to immediately ensure:
-  humane treatment of the inmate Kuanysh Nurenov and stop mental and emotional abuse of his family;
-    his right to see his close ones;
-  the access to him for the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Association for Human Rights in Central Asia calls on all the interested parties, organizations and mass media to turn their attention to the case of Kuanysh Nurenov and forward the relevant addresses to the leadership of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the following addresses:
  • President of Uzbekistan, Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov, ul. Uzbekistanskaya 43, Rezidentsia prezidenta, 700163 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, Fax: +998 71 139 53 25, E-mail: presidents_office@press-service.uz;
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Norov, Ministerstvo inostrannykh del RU, pl. Mustakillik 5; 700029 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, Fax: +998 71 139 15 17,E-mail: rnews@mfa.uz
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Sayora Rashidova, ul. Xalqlar Dostligi 1, 700035 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, Fax: +998 71 139 85 55, E-mail: office@ombudsman.gov.uz;
  • General Prosecutor of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Rashidjon Hamidovich Kodirov, ul. Gulyamova 66, 700047 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, Fax: +998 71 133 39 17, E-mail: prokuratura@lawyer;
  • National Centre for Human Rights, Senator Akmal Saidov Natsionalny, Tsentr po pravam cheloveka, Mustakillik Maidoni 5/3, 700029 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, Fax: +998 71 139 13 56 / 45 16, E-mail: office@nchr.uz;
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations in Geneva, PO Box 1853, 1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland, Fax: +4122 799 43 02, E-mail: uzbekistan@bluewin.ch 


Reprisals against Human Rights Defenders are Worsening across Eastern Europe and Central Asia

- This was the expert conclusion of the programme “Human Rights Defenders’ Rights Observatory”, (a joint Programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)). In a new 6-minute documentary human rights defenders from different countries talk about hard conditions, under which they are compelled to carry out their activity and disseminate information about human rights violations.
All participants of the documentary have met at the OSCE Conference “On Human Dimension” in autumn 2011. At the conference an action was launched in support of Ales Belyatski, Vice-President of FIDH and the Head of the Belarus Human Rights Centre “Vyasna” (Spring) unlawfully detained in conjunction with his human rights activity.

Currently a criminal trial is being held against him in Minsk. He faces jail. Solidarity and commitment to the principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights unites human rights defenders of different countries and they call for the liberation of their colleague.

Every so often human rights defenders face discrimination and reprisals. Authorities of many countries infringe the freedom of assembly and freedom of association, impede registration and funding of the NGOs, declare the unregistered non-governmental organizations’ activity illegal, subject the human right defenders to arbitrary arrests and detention and persecute them through courts.

We offer to your attention a documentary film, which tells about reprisals against human rights defenders.