Cases in Uzbekistan

 

 

 

In an effort to boost the efficacy of advocacy undertaken by human rights defenders and lawyers in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Freedom Now has produced a manual that provides guidance about strategies for international advocacy, information on available international mechanisms where redress for human rights violations can be sought, and detailed instruction on how to investigate abuses and prepare legal submissions to UN bodies.

 

 

Salijon Abdurakhmanov is an independent journalist in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in Uzbekistan, who was arrested in June 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 on fabricated drug charges. He was released from prison in October 2017.

 

 

Azamjon Farmonov is a prominent human rights defender who was wrongly detained in April 2006 on extortion charges. He was initially sentenced to nine years in prison, followed by an additional sentence of five years for allegedly disobeying prison rules. He was released in October 2017.

 

 

Gaybullo Jalilov is a practicing Muslim and prominent human rights defender sentenced to 11 years in prison on various national security-related charges. Prior to his arrest, Jalilov’s human rights work focused on the Uzbekistani government’s violations of religious freedom and persecution of independent Muslims. At the time of his arrest in September 2008, he had collected information on over 200 arrests of independent Muslims. He was released from prison in March 2018.

 

Bobomurod Razzakov is an Uzbek human rights activist and farmer who was wrongly detained in July 2013 on the fabricated charge of human trafficking and sentenced to four years in prison. He was released in October 2016.

 

 

Dilmurod Saidov is a prominent Uzbek journalist and human rights activist who was arrested in February 2009 and sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on fabricated extortion and forgery charges. Prior to his detention, his articles appeared in many local newspapers, and were published by Internet news agencies. He was released in February 2018.

 

 

Akzam Turgunov is a human rights activist and political opposition leader who was wrongly detained in July 2008 on extortion charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prior to his detention, Mr. Turgunov was a leading figure in the human-rights and opposition movements in Uzbekistan. He was released in October 2017.

 

 

Selected documents from Cases in Uzbekistan's case
Communication to the Committee Against TortureAugust 12, 2013

Submitted by Freedom Now for the examination of the fourth periodic review of Uzbekistan.

Freedom Now Press ReleaseJanuary 27, 2012

Announcing that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds Akzam Turgunov's detention arbitrary and calls for his release.

Human rights or security: A false choiceJanuary 27, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed by Executive Director Maran Turner arguing that the United States should use its deepening relationship with Uzbekistan to promote human rights.

Joint Letter to Secretary Clinton September 27, 2011

Joint letter from Freedom Now and 19 other organizations calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stand behind past statements and hold Uzbekistan accountable for its gross human rights violations.

Letter (English) by Members of the Bundestag, Germany's ParliamentMay 19, 2011

Urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to Raise the Cases of Akzam Turgunov and 12 Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders.

Letter (German) by Members of the Bundestag, Germany's ParliamentMay 19, 2011

Urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to Raise the Cases of Akzam Turgunov and 12 Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders.

Letter from 12 US SenatorsJune 26, 2013

Calling on President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to release three human rights defenders unjustly imprisoned in Uzbekistan.

Letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights DefendersApril 1, 2016

Letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders regarding Salijon Abdurakhmanov, Azam Farmonov, Gaybullo Jalilov, Dilmurod Saidov, and Akzam Turgunov.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionJanuary 27, 2012

Finding the detention of Mr. Turgunov a violation of international law.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 22, 2012

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds the detention of Azam Farmonov violates international law and calls for his immediate release.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 23, 2012

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention find the detention of Dilmurod Saidov to be in violation of international law and calls for his immediate release.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionJanuary 25, 2017

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds the detention of Bobomurod Razzakov in violation of international law and calls for just compensation.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the case of Gaybullo JalilovApril 13, 2013

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds the detention of Gaybullo Jalilov in violation of international law and calls for his immediate release.

Petition to the UN Human Rights CommitteeOctober 1, 2012

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Salijon Abdurakhmanov

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionMarch 15, 2010

Filed by Freedom Now on behalf of Mr. Turgunov.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionFebruary 28, 2015

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Mr. Razzakov

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Gaybullo JalilovMay 21, 2012

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Mr. Jalilov.

Petition to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionMarch 1, 2012

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Dilmurod Saidov.

Petition to UN Human Rights CommitteeSeptember 3, 2014

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Azam Farmonov

Some Straight Talk for a Washington VisitorSeptember 8, 2011

Huffington Post op-ed by Patrick Griffith of Freedom Now and Steve Swerdlow of Human Rights Watch calling on the United States to reinforce the message that it supports a democratic Uzbekistan that respects the rights of all its citizens during talks with the Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister in Washington.

Submission to the Human Rights CommitteeJune 3, 2015

Freedom Now submitted this report to the UN Human Rights Committee to assist it in its review of Uzbekistan's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CouncilSeptember 19, 2017

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Council prior to Uzbekistan's Universal Periodic Review.

UN Human Rights Committee Opinion 2577/2015May 17, 2018

Opinion of the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the arbitrary detention of Azamjon Farmonov

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention PetitionSeptember 19, 2017

Petition on behalf of Mr. Farmonov to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Uzbekistan: 50th birthday in prisonApril 26, 2012

Ferghana News Op-ed by Program Attorney Patrick Griffith drawing attention to the government of Uzbekistan's continued violations of human rights and wrongful imprisonment of human rights defenders like Dilmurod Saidov, Akzam Turgunov, and Gaybullo Jalilov.

Uzbekistan: Free Human Rights Defender Gaybullo Jalilov and All Prisoners of ConscienceDecember 13, 2011

American Bar Association International Human Rights Committee Blog entry by Patrick Griffith highlighting the continued imprisonment of independent religious adherents in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution DayDecember 6, 2012

Freedom Now joins 8 human rights groups to call for the release of Uzbek prisoners of conscience on Constitution Day.

Uzbekistan: Washington Must Stand Up for DemocracyFebruary 16, 2011

EurasiaNet op-ed by Patrick Griffith Calling on the United States to stand up for democracy in Uzbekistan during Annual Bilateral Consultations in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan: Where law is now a tool of repressionDecember 17, 2012

New Europe Online Op-ed by Member of European Parliament Nikki Sinclaire drawing attention to the government of Uzbekistan's lack of respect for rule of law and the unlawful detentions of Dilmurod Saidov, Akzam Turgunov, and Salijon Abdurakhmanov.