October 11, 2017

Urgent Action: Uzbekistani Journalist At Risk Of Extradition (Ukraine: UA 238.17)


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Journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunzhonov was detained by Ukrainian border guards on 20 September, following an Interpol Red Notice requested by Uzbekistan. He remains remanded in custody, pending a formal extradition request from the Uzbekistani authorities. If forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, he would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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

  • Urging the State Migration Service to take all necessary steps to ensure Narzullo Akhunzhonov is not extradited or in any other way forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, where he is at risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Urging the Solomyanskyi Prosecutor’s Office to request an immediate release of Narzullo Akhunzhonov as he appears to be under an Interpol Red Notice solely because of his work as a critical journalist;
  • Calling on the State Penitentiary Service to ensure Narzullo Akhunzhonov’s rights are fully respected while in detention, including regular access to the medical treatment he requires.

Contact these two officials by 22 November 2017:
Head of State Migration Service
Maksym Sokolyiuk
Volodymyrska 9
Kyiv, 01001 Ukraine
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Head of State Migration Service

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M St NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 349 2963 I Fax: 1 202 333 0817
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @UKRintheUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 238.17.
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