Uzbekistan: solitary confinement as a way of punishment of the prisoners Fayzullo Agzamov

The family of the prisoner Fayzullo Agzamov have been unsuccessfully trying to get a permission to visit him for the last 10 months. In response to 3 attempts to visit him, they were told that he was in a solitary confinement. Such penalties are usually followed by a new term of imprisonment.

Fayzullo Agzamov was born in 1969. In 2001 he was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was charged under the Articles 159 (attempts to constitutional order of Republic of Uzbekistan), 242 (organisation of criminal community) 244-2 (establishment, direction of or participation in religious extremist, separatist, fundamentalist or other banned organisations) of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan. Since 2010, he is serving a sentence at UYA 64/71 in the village of Zhaslyk (Karakalpakstan).

From 2007 to 2010 he served time in prison UYA 64/T-1 in the Andijan region, where, as a result of torture, his leg was broken. In 2011, the Andijan prison was disbanded and renamed as Prison UYA64/SI-14 of the Main Directorate of Administrating Punishment. Its building was occupied by the regional pre trial detention facility, which, formerly, was one of the units of the prison. The convicts were transferred to other institutions of the penitentiary system.

In May 2012 Fayzullo Agzamov’s wife came to visit him and saw bruises in his body. He did not explain how they were inflicted, for fear that any investigation into the incident will result in a ban on visits by his loved ones and the perpetrators would not be punished. According to his wife, he does not look like a troublemaker because he feels pain in the chest and is very weak.

On 6 January 2013 his son came to visit Agramov, however, the meeting did not take place, because the prisoner was again in the solitary confinement.

On 21 January 2013 Agzamov’s family made an application to the Main Directorate of Administrating Punishment for a permission to visit him. But they received a reply that his is again in the solitary confinement, as a punishment.

On 9 February 2013 his family made another application, this time for two days, for a family visit. However, as it turned out, he was again in the solitary confinement, as a punishment.

To be in the solitary confinement, as a punishment, for three times, is a direct path to a new term of imprisonment. This is a common practice. The inability to learn the fate of Fayzullo Agzamov tends to restrict his right to defence, including, from torture and other degrading treatment.

The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia - AHRCA expresses concern about the fate of Fayzullo Agzamov and calls for access of the International Committee of the Red Cross” to him, to ensure his freedom from torture and the right to protection.

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          UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
           EU Special Rapporteur on Human Rights,
           EU Special rapporteur on the Central Asia,
           international human rights organisations.