2017: Uzbekistan: Bobomurad Abdullaev

Bobomurad Abdullaev was arrested under suspicion of theft, and later charged with infringing the country’s constitutional order and has been held incommunicado. The true motives behind his arrest are his articles defying the Uzbek government.

Ihtior Abdullaev
Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan
Ul. Gulyamova 66
Tashkent 700047

Oslo, October 13th 2017

Dear Prosecutor General. Mr. Ihtior Abdullaev,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned about the well-being of Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who was detained by the National Security Services in Tashkent on 27 September 2017. We ask for his immediately and unconditionally release, and that the criminal charges against him will be dropped.

We ask for protect for Abdullaev from torture and ill-treatment pending release, including by ensuring access to adequate medical treatment, legal counsel of his choice and his family.

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee hope for respect for the right to freedom of expression, which includes ensuring that journalists can work without fear of reprisals and free from harassment.


Yours sincerely,

Jørgen Lorentzen
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
PEN Norway


COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs