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30.05.2019: Appeals date extended

We are extending the appeal deadline for Rashitjon Kadirov till 1 July 2019.

This UA is being surprisingly impactful for the Uzbek context and we believe it is important to keep the pressure going.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

 

02.05.2019 Joint public statement

I would like to share a message from Elena Franklin regarding a joint public statement with Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on the case of Rashitjon Kadirov (you can find the initial UA below):

We’ve just published a Joint Statement with 4 other INGOs on a torture case of the former Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Rashitjon Kadirov and his 12 co-defendants, see here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur62/0298/2019/en/

This case and our UA published on 8 April have stirred a lot of debate in the country and we’re bound to see some strong reaction to the statement. In the words of our partners who work on the ground we are doing real impact by revealing torture practices that until recently were rarely discussed in public space of Uzbekistan.

Please do continue promoting this Urgent Action and thanks for the support.

Former Prosecutor General risks torture

AI-Index: EUR 62/0170/2019

Former Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants are standing trial in closed-door criminal proceedings. Credible reports allege that since his detention on 21 February 2018 Rashitjon Kadirov has been subjected to physical abuse, mock executions, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment. He and his co-defendants continue to be at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Rashitjon Kadirov is being held in the pre-trial detention facility of the Ministry of the Interior in the Mirabadsky district of Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital. The closed-door trial against Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants started on 7 January 2019. Amnesty International calls upon the Uzbek authorities to guarantee Rashitjon Kadirov and his co-defendants a free and fair trial and to open it to independent observers and experts.

A witness who requested anonymity saw Rashitjon Kadirov in detention in August 2018 and reported that Rashitjon Kadirov had a long furrow on his neck, which he believes was a sign of strangulation. The witness said that Rashitjon Kadirov was noticeably depressed, withdrawn and barely able to respond to questions. Rashitjon Kadirov reportedly told the witness that he shared a cell with three other prisoners who physically abused him under orders of prison officials. He also reportedly stated that officials held a pistol to his head to force him to confess, told him he would be hung, and the death made to look like suicide. They also reportedly kept him naked in solitary confinement without a bed or bedding, regularly deprived him of sleep between 21 February and 18 March 2018, and threatened to frame him for a murder he did not commit.

Law enforcement officials have also reportedly forced Rashitjon Kadirov to watch his son-in-law endure physical abuse to coerce him to testify against himself. Rashitjon Kadirov’s access to food, medicine and the toilet has reportedly been restricted. In May 2018 Rashitjon Kadirov was taken to the prison hospital due to ill health.

Torture and the threat of torture have up until the recent past been used routinely in Uzbekistan to obtain forced confessions, punish detainees, prisoners and their relatives, or extort money. Judges have relied on confessions obtained under torture and handed down convictions based on them. They have also ignored or dismissed defendants’ complaints of torture or other ill-treatment, even when presented with strong, credible evidence (including injuries that occurred in custody and cannot be «accidental»).

After years of outright denial, the Uzbek authorities, including President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, publicly addressed the problem of torture in Uzbek prisons. Key presidential pronouncements and decrees in 2017-2018 unequivocally condemned the use of torture. Despite these declarations, and as detailed above, Amnesty International continues to receive reports of torture and other ill-treatment. In addition, impunity for past abuses remains one of Uzbekistan’s biggest challenges.

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