Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kazakhstan To Extradite Another Uzbek Asylum Seekers to Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 26/08/2011

Sobirjon Nosirov, 39, was arrested in the western Kazakh city of Oral in late July after he arrived from Russia.
Uzbek authorities wanted Nosirov for “terrorism, religious extremism, anticonstitutional activities, and the preparation and distribution of materials calling for mass unrest and disorder.”

Nosirov began a hunger strike on August 20 to protest his arrest. He is not allow to see his relatives and lawyers.
Nosirov “denies all the accusations. If he is extradited to Uzbekistan, he will face torture and an unfair trial.”

In June, Kazakhstan extradited 29 Uzbek citizens to Uzbekistan at the Uzbek authorities’ request. Two of them were sentenced on August 21 in Syrdariya province to 15 and five years in jail for religious extremism. Ten more are on trial in Tashkent on charges of membership of a banned religious group.

Human rights activists have appealed to the Kazakh authorities not to extradite Uzbek asylum seekers to Uzbekistan as they are likely to face unfair trials and torture in Uzbek custody. Kazakhstan extradited four other Uzbek asylum seekers to Uzbekistan last year.

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