04/11/2019

Urgent Action: Former Prosecutor General Risks Torture (Uzbekistan: UA 44.19)


Former Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants are standing trial in closed-door criminal proceedings. Credible reports allege that since his detention on 21 February 2018 Rashitjon Kadirov has been subjected to physical abuse, mock executions, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment. He and his co-defendants continue to be at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev
President of Uzbekistan
Ploshad Mustakillik, 6
Tashkent,100078
Uzbekistan
Fax: +998 71 239 53 25
E-mail: [email protected]
H.E. Ambassador Javlon VAKHABOV
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
1746 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036-1903
Phone: 202 887 5300 I Fax: 202 293 6804
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Twitter: @UZEmbassyDC
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President,

On 7 January 2019 a closed-door criminal trial began against former Prosecutor General and former Judge of the Constitutional Court Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants in Yunusabad District Criminal Court. Rashitjon Kadirov has been charged under 12 articles of the Criminal Code including persecution of innocent persons, bribery and embezzlement.

Rashitjon Kadirov has been held in pre-trial detention since 21 February 2018. Amnesty International has received credible reports testifying that Rashitjon Kadirov has been subjected to physical abuse, death threats, sleep deprivation and threats against his relatives, to force him to testify against himself and others. Relatives have also asserted that Rashitjon Kadirov saw his family-appointed lawyer Alisher Madyarov for the first time only in August 2018, six months into his detention. They claim that Rashitjon Kadirov told his lawyer that he had sustained pressure from authorities to reject independent legal representation. Rashitjon Kadyrov and his 12 co-defendants continue to be at risk of torture and ill-treatment while in detention.

I urge you to ensure Rashitjon Kadirov and his 12 co-defendants are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and that they have prompt access to necessary and adequate medical care. I also urge you to launch an impartial investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment against Rashitjon Kadirov and his co-defendants and hold those responsible accountable.

Yours sincerely,

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