October 6, 2017

Urgent Action: Journalist At Risk In Notorious Detention Center (Uzbekistan: UA 232.17)


On 27 September, Uzbekistani journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev was detained by the National Security Services in Tashkent for allegedly attempting to overthrow the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has since been held at one of the most notorious detention centres in the country, where torture is commonplace. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Human rights defenders and colleagues believe he is being targeted for his journalistic work and critical political views.

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On 27 September, Uzbekistani journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev was detained by the National Security Services in Tashkent for allegedly attempting to overthrow the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has since been held at one of the most notorious detention centres in the country, where torture is commonplace. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Human rights defenders and colleagues believe he is being targeted for his journalistic work and critical political views.

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

  • Urging the authorities to immediately release Bobomurod Abdullayev, as he appears to be detained solely for his journalistic work and criticism of the government, and to drop the charges against him;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure Bobomurod Abdullayev is protected from torture and ill-treatment, pending his release, and to ensure that he has full access to all legal safeguards in detention – in accordance with Uzbekistan’s obligations under international human rights law – including regular access to his family and a lawyer of his choice;
  • Reminding the authorities of their obligations to fully respect the right to freedom of expression, which involves ensuring journalists can carry out their activities free of harassment and without fear of reprisals.

Contact these two officials by 17 November, 2017:

Chairman of the National Security Service
Rustam Inoyatov
9 Matbuotchilar Street
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Salutation: Dear Chairman

H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov, Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
1746 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036-1903
Phone: 1 202 887 5300 I Fax: 1 202 293 6804
Email:[email protected]
Contact Form: https://www.uzbekistan.org/about/contactus/
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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