The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostage and Prisoners of Tajikistan (NCRPH) is concerned about the deteriorating health of Doniyor Nabiyev, an elderly prisoner in a Tajik prison.
Doniyor Nabiev, acting on the principles of humanity and humanitarian, shared his bread with the families of prisoners in Tajikistan. Authorities have imprisoned an 87-year-old man for his good deed. In particular, officers of the Department of the Interior Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Rudaki district detained Nabiyev on August 27, 2020. On December 28, 2020, the court in Tajikistan sentenced him to seven years in prison on charges of extremism.
A few days ago, Doniyor Nabiyev’s relatives told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that his health in prison had deteriorated and that he had complained of arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and poor prison conditions. Since the elderly Doniyor Nabiyev had previously suffered from tuberculosis, the disease reappeared in harsh prison conditions and requires special medicine and medical care from doctors. Unfortunately, this lonely old man has no children of his own, who could get the necessary medicines and healthy food and send them to prison. Tajik migrants abroad have also taken steps to help the elderly man through social media, but unfortunately, it is not possible to create better conditions for him in prison until he is transferred to the prison hospital and started on treatment.
The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostage and Prisoners of Tajikistan is aware that the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society in Tajikistan have worked together and over the years have provided significant assistance to the people of Tajikistan based on the principles of neutrality and impartiality. Over the years, your Best Establishment have supported the Government of Tajikistan in raising public awareness of international law and other humanitarian standards and their application in national legislation. Unfortunately, today the Tajik authorities are acting differently and do not comply with any norms.
Accordingly you, the Red Cross delegation, together with other international human rights organizations, were concerned about the situation in the prisons of Tajikistan and have repeatedly asked the Tajik authorities to allow your representatives to enter the prisons of Tajikistan unaccompanied. Unfortunately, every time refusing you they insisted that Tajik law determines under what circumstances, which persons can visit the country’s prisons.
We know that the doors of Tajikistan’s prisons are still closed to the representatives of the Red Cross. However, we remain hopeful that, perhaps this time, the Main Department of Prisons of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan, given the age of Doniyor Nabiyev, will at least allow representatives of the Red Cross to visit the prison as an impartial organization to help the patient and facilitate his transfer to the prison hospital. Therefore, we respectfully ask you not to remain neutral towards Doniyor Nabiyev’s case and support him.
Thank You in advance for considering our request.
The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostage and Prisoners of Tajikistan (NCRPH)