Statement of the Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan concerning the political abduction of Naimjon Samiyev

The Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan, expressing its serious concern over the detention of the citizen of Tajikistan Naimjon Samiyev in Russia and his extradition to Tajikistan, states:

1) Samiyev’s detention in Russia was illegal, and his extradition to Tajikistan is nothing more than a regular kidnapping. According to the data we have, Samiyev did not commit any crimes either before migration to Russia or during his stay in Russia. Therefore, his detention and extradition to Tajikistan are illegal and inconsistent with all international norms, especially in the area of human and civil rights.

The Human Rights Vision Foundation has also called the extradition of Naimjon Samiyev to Tajikistan nothing but abduction, which «was carried out by the intelligence services of Tajikistan with the help of corrupt representatives of human rights bodies in Russia».

2) The fact that Naimjon Samiyev used to be a member of the IRPT cannot serve as a basis and justification for his criminal prosecution, since during the period when he left IRPT, it functioned legally in Tajikistan according to the laws of Tajikistan and the party was not banned back then. Naimjon Samiyev left the leadership of the IRPT and the party itself in 2014. In that time the party was officially recognised in Tajikistan and it was banned a year after Naimjon left it. When the party was banned Naimjon had already emigrated to Russia.

3) The Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan regards the actions of the Tajik authorities as a continuation of political persecution and as a massacre of political opponents, which we have already witnessed more than once. In the same way, Maksud Ibragimov, leader of the youth migrant movement in Russia “For Reforms in Tajikistan”, and former member of the IRPT leadership Kiyomiddin Goziyev, who left the IRPT long before its ban, were already abducted and sentenced to long terms.

4) The Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan brings the attention of the Tajik authorities to the fact that these abductions reveal the essence of the authorities’ calls for dissidents to return to Tajikistan and their promises to “forgive” and grant amnesty. If the authorities kidnap innocent civilians in other countries for unjust trials, is it possible to believe that the voluntarily returned political refugees will be “forgiven”?

5) If Naimjon Samiyev, who has not committed any crime, won’t be released in the near future, the Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan will make all the necessary efforts for his release, calling upon international institutions and human rights organizations.

Civil Committee for the Protection of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan

Warsaw

17.12.2018

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