Target: Bahodir Matlubov, Minister of Internal Affairs
Goal: Demand that Uzbek authorities reveal the whereabouts of a man they have held incommunicado and allow him contact with his family
All Tajikistan resident Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov wanted to do was see his child. Now he is being held incommunicado in Uzbekistan, and his family has not had contact with him for months. Sign the petition and demand that Uzbek authorities reveal Abdurakhmonov’s whereabouts and let him communicate with his family.
Abdurakhmonov, an ethnic Tajik, had traveled to Tajikistan to see his child from his first marriage. Four days after he had arrived, his brother received a call from Abdurakhmonov’s ex-wife telling him that Abdurakhmonov had been taken into custody by the National Security Service of Uzbekistan. According to Amnesty International, “he was held for two days in a police station in Bekabad, eastern Uzbekistan, 150 km from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.” Just over a month later, Abdurakhmonov’s family received another phone call, this time from a man who claimed to have been detained alongside Abdurakhmonov. Amnesty International reports that Abdurakhmonov’s family “do[es] not know whether he has had access to a lawyer.”
The human rights situation in Uzbekistan has been deteriorating for years. Human rights activists have expressed continued concerns about incidences of torture and ill-treatment, even as the Uzbek government claims torture has been on the decline. Don’t let Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov become another grim statistic. Sign the petition and tell Uzbekistan to immediately confirm Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov’s whereabouts, to allow him contact with legal representation and his family, and to release him unconditionally if he is not being charged with a crime.
I am writing to express my grave concern over the whereabouts of Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov. A resident of Tajikistan, Abdurakhmonov traveled to Uzbekistan to visit his child from a previous marriage. Instead, according to his ex-wife, he was detained by the National Security Service on April 27, 2013. No one in his family has seen or heard from him since, although they did receive a phone call in June from a man who claimed to have been detained with Abdurakhmonov in a temporary facility in Tashkent.
The family has implored the government to release Abdurakhmonov’s location and any information about his status or legal representation, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. In fact, the government claims that it does not have Abdurakhmonov in custody at all, and actions through various diplomatic channels have failed to garner any adequate response.
Prisoners held incommunicado are at great risk of torture and ill-treatment. Although Uzbekistan has been trying hard to downplay incidences of torture, human rights activists fear it is on the rise. Do not let Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov become another black mark on Uzbekistan’s global reputation. Please do everything in your power to ascertain the whereabouts of Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov; allow him contact with his family and access to legal representation; and, if he is not being charged with a crime, release him immediately and unconditionally.
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