October 4, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Torture Fears For Detained Human Rights Lawyer (Tajikistan: UA 209.15)


Human rights lawyer Buzurgmekhr Yorov is serving a 28-year prison sentence on politically motivated grounds. He is allegedly being subjected to regular beatings – accompanied by threats, insults and harassment – by officials at the detention center. Buzurgmekhr Yorov continues to be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on them to release Buzurgmekhr Yorov immediately and to quash convictions based on unfounded and politically motivated charges;
  • Calling on them to ensure that, if Buzurgmekhr Yorov is guilty of any recognisable criminal offences, these must be established in fair trial proceedings;
  • Urging them to protect Buzurgmekhr Yorov from torture and other ill-treatment, pending his release, and to order a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into his allegations of torture and ill treatment;
  • Urging them to ensure that all lawyers in Tajikistan can perform their professional duties without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference in line with the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

Contact these two officials by 15 November, 2017:

Minister of Justice 
Rustam Shoemurod
Rudaki avenue 25
Dushanbe, 734025, Tajikistan
Fax: +992 372 21 80 66
Salutation: Dear Minister

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]
Twitter: @FarhodSalim
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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