Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan Jails Andijan Refugee For 10 Years After Returning From Exile

Posted by Info on 01/05/2010

Dilorom Abdukadirova, a refugee from Andijan who has returned home from exile in Australia, was jailed for 10 years and two months on the charges of anticonstitutional activities in Andijan today.

The Andijan town court tried Abdukadirova, 44, under three articles of the Uzbek Criminal Code – Article 223 illegal crossing the border, Article 159 attempting to overthrow the constitutional system and Article 244 taking part in riots.

Abdukadirova a mother of four, did not plead guilty because, she said, she did not commit any crime she was accused of.Her relatives were happy at today’s trial that she was defending herself because at the previous court session she looked sick and devastated and admitted her guilt.

It is hard to understand why the Uzbek authorities needed to jail the woman who came back home to be with her husband and four children whom she had not seen since 13 May 2005.

Others suggested that she had been punished for an interview she had given to journalists when she was in a refugee camp in Kyrgyzstan and told them about the government’s crushing of a rally in Andijan when troops killed hundreds of protesters.

Her son Mirolim said that Abdukadirova, 44, looked troubled, tired and sick. “They removed her hijab, we are sure they did it for purpose.” Relatives said that forcing to remove a hijab was as much as torture for the woman, but they did not rule out that she might have faced other methods of pressure and violence. At the trial Abdukadirova did not look at her relatives when she told the judge that she admitted her guilt, relatives said.
They think that she could not wilfully admit her guilt, because she committed no crime.

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