EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbek Poet Released from Prison And Force To Leave Country

Posted by Info on 20/05/2011

Yusuf Juma, an Uzbek poet imprisoned in 2008, has reportedly been released after petitioning President Islam Karimov for a pardon.

Juma, who was born in Bukhara, has been writing poetry since high school, taking up controversial themes like destruction of the environment and the government’s oppressive rule. After writing some poems about the Andijan massacre and staging some protests about these events as well as the arrest of his son, he himself was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to five years of prison on charges of insulting government officials, resisting government representatives, and assault.

In 2008, when Juma’s daughter was granted a meeting with him in the notorious Jaslyk prison, she issued a statement that she feared he had suffered torture and was in ill health. He will be allowed to emigrate from Uzbekistan to join his wife in the US.

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