Target: Ihtior Abdullaev, Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan
Goal: Free human rights advocate from excessively restrictive security measures.
Uktam Pardaev, one of Uzbekistan’s few remaining human rights defenders, has been placed under excessively restrictive security conditions after his release from prison. After serving a sentence for trumped-up fraud, bribery, and defamation charges, he is now under constant surveillance while his family faces intense pressure from authorities to incriminate him somehow. Sign the petition to urge authorities in Uzbekistan to overturn Pardaev’s conviction and lift the restrictions on his movement.
The security measures placed on Pardaev following his release from prison include a 10 p.m. curfew and constant surveillance. His family and friends are also under surveillance. Pardaev must check in monthly at the police station and cannot leave the city without permission.
In addition to the restrictive measures placed on him following his release from jail, Pardaev was tortured and ill-treated during the eight weeks he spent in pre-trial detention. He was held in a damp, cold cell and given half-portions of food only once a day. On one occasion, he was beaten by guards for failing to undress quickly enough, and on numerous other occasions he witnessed the torture of fellow prisoners. Pardaev says that once his status as an internationally-known human rights defender became known among prison officials, however, his treatment improved significantly.
It is unjust and inappropriate to impose such restrictive measures on a man whose charges likely stem solely from his work as a human rights activist. Sign the petition below to demand that Pardaev be freed unconditionally and that his allegations of ill-treatment be thoroughly investigated.
Dear Prosecutor General,
I am writing to implore you to cancel the incredibly restrictive conditions of Uktam Pardaev’s release from prison. I believe that Pardaev has been targeted solely as a result of his human rights work, and I demand that he be allowed to continue that work free of interference.
Although he was convicted of fraud, bribery, and defamation, is it far likelier that Pardaev was arrested as a result of his human rights activism. Since his release, he is required to check in at the police station once a month, is forbidden to leave the city, must abide by a 10 p.m. curfew, and is under constant surveillance. In addition, he spent eight weeks in pre-trial detention where he was tortured and witnessed the torture of others.
The treatment Uktam Pradaev has suffered is inexcusable and must be amended immediately. I urge you to drop the restrictive conditions to his release and to thoroughly investigate his allegations of torture.
[Your Name Here]
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