07/23/2018

Urgent Action: INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST MUST BE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED (Tajikistan: UA 139.18)


On 11 July 2018, independent journalist and comedian Khairullo (Khayrullo) Mirsaidov was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on charges ¬that include embezzlement, forgery and providing false testimony. His defence team has appealed the decision. Khairullo Mirsaidov is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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On 11 July 2018, independent journalist and comedian Khairullo (Khayrullo) Mirsaidov was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on charges ­that include embezzlement, forgery and providing false testimony. His defence team has appealed the decision. Khairullo Mirsaidov is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Khairullo Mirsaidov as he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression;
  • Reminding them of their international obligation to ensure that the human right to freedom of expression is respected and protected in Tajikistan.

Contact these two officials by 3 September, 2018:
Prosecutor General
Yusuf Rakhmon

Prosecutor General’s Office
126 A. Sino Avenue
Dushanbe 734043, Tajikistan
Fax: +992 372 21 02 59
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

Ambassador Farhod Salim,
Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan
1005 New Hampshire Avenue, NW,

Washington DC 20037
Phone: 1 202 223 6090 I Fax: 1 202 223 6091 
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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