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NCRPH Statement on possible extradition of Kadam Ismatov to Tajikistan

While condemning the Tajik government’s efforts to extradite Mr. Kadam Ismatov, a civil society activist, from Russian Federation to the Republic of Tajikistan, The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (NCRPH) urges all international human rights organisations to prevent the extradition of the Tajik activist to Tajikistan.

Kadam Ismatov, who currently holds Russian citizenship, told AzdaTV on July 20, that the Tajik authorities are trying to strip him of his Russian citizenship in order to extradite him to Tajikistan.

Mr. Shukhrat Kudratov, Kadam Ismatov’s lawyer, told the Tajik service of Radio Liberty that Ismatov had been a Russian citizen since 2005 and had since renounced his Tajik citizenship. The Russian authorities are currently working to revoke his citizenship and extradite him to Tajikistan through the courts. According to his lawyer, the Tajik Interior Ministry opened a criminal case against him since November 24, 2016, and he was found guilty under six articles of the Criminal Code. Shukhrat Kudrat said, «If Ismatov’s citizenship is revoked, he faces 15 to 20 years in prison and even death in Tajikistan«.

It should be noted that a few weeks ago, Tajik scientist Mr. Hafiz Boboyorov, who lives in Germany, also denounced the government’s actions in a post on his Facebook page, saying that the Tajik government should not put pressure on his relatives.

The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (NCRPH) therefore urges all international human rights Organisations, in particular Amnesty International as well as the European Parliament, to intervene in order to prevent the extradition of Kadam Ismatov to Tajikistan.

The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (NCRPH)

July 22, 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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