The official letter to the Minister of the Internal Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

To: His Excellency Mr. Jean Asselborn,

The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Dear Mr. Minister!

We express our respect to you and, in connection with your visit to Tajikistan, we would like to ask you to raise the issue of human rights and repression in Tajikistan against the opposition and dissidents during your meetings with officials of our home country.

The story of the abduction of Sharofiddin Gadoev on February 15, 2019 in Moscow, which the authorities wanted to look like a voluntary return and repentance, was not the first case of abduction and even assassination of the political opponents by the special forces of Emomali Rahmon’s authoritarian regime.

The most high-profile cases of this kind can be called the following cases: the abduction of the leader of the democratic party of Tajikistan, Mahmadruzi Iskandarov, from Moscow on April 15, 2005, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison; the abduction of the leader of “Youth for transformation” movement, Maksud Ibragimov, from Moscow on January 20, 2015, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison; the assassination of the leader of the opposition movement “Group 24”, Umarali Kuvvatov, on March 5, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. We demand from the Tajik authorities release of these abductees.

The torture chambers of the Tajik goverment contain tens of other Sharofiddin Gadoevs, political prisoners whose whole fault lies in having a different opinion or belonging to an opposition party. Some of them were sentenced to terms of more than 20 years on fabricated charges in closed courts without lawyers and the press.

We call upon governments, diplomats, parliaments, civil society, the mass media of European and all democratic countries, international organizations, all people of goodwill to demand from one of the most insidious and hypocritical dictatorships of our time to review cases of representatives of opposition in Tajikistan convicted on unproven accusations. We demand to allow doctors and lawyers to visit them since well-known human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, has information on the torture of these prisoners. We call upon you to implement all possible pressure mechanisms on the government of Rahmon, envisaged by the civilized world in the interest of saving the victims of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. First of all, we demand from the Tajik authorities the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Committee on the release of Mahmadali Khaitov and Zayd Saidov, as well as the lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov.

The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners in Tajikistan

03.03.2019

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