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
Uzbekistan

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

2007: Uzbekistan: Dzamshid Karimov

8. May 2007

Islam A. Karimov, President
Rezidentsyia prezidenta
Tashkent
Uzbekistan

Your Excellency,

International PEN has informed its members about the continued detention of Dzamshid (Jamshid) Karimov, an Uzbek journalist detained in a psychiatric hospital in Samarkand since September 2006. Mr Karimov is a well known and outspoken critic of the government and for his reporting on socio-political issues. There seems to be justified fears that he is being held in retaliation for his reporting. We fear that Mr Karimov is ill treated in the psychiatric institution where he –for unknown reasons – is being detained.

Norwegian PEN would like to express its deep concern for Dzhamshid Karimov and call for his immediate release

We demand that while he is deprived of his freedom, he is granted access to his family, independent legal advice and any necessary medical treatment

We all on the Uzbek government to do all that it can to respect freedom of expression, as recognised in the Uzbek Constitution, and to guarantee that cases like this will not occur again

Finally, we urge the Uzbek government to comply with its obligations under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Uzbekistan is a signatory.

The family of Mr Karimov has been complaining about the high level of police surveillance at their home preceding the arrest. We also request that this kind of harassment be brought to an end.

I would like to thank Your Excellency for giving this case you most immediate attention and for seeing to it that the above person is being released from detention.

Yours sincerely

Aase Gjerdrum
Member of the Writers in Prison committee
Norwegian PEN

Sent by e-mail attachment to:
President of the Republic
General prosecutor Rashidzohn Kodirov
Head of the National Centre for Human Rights Akmal Saidov

2007: Uzbekistan: Umida Niazova

Oslo, 8 March 2007

Islam A. Karimov
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Rezidentysia prezidenta
Ul. Uzbekistaniskaia 43
Tashkent
Uzbekistan

Fax: +998 71 139 5325
email: presidents_office@press-service.uz

Dear President Karimov,

Today, on 8 March 2007 – International Women’s Day  – I, as Chair of Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN, will express my deep concern for the safety and the well-being of independent human rights defender and journalist Umida Niazova, who has been in detention in Uzbekistan since 22 January 2007. I consider Umida Niazova to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for carrying out her human rights activities, and I call for her to be released from detention immediately and unconditionally.

I fear for Umida Niazova’s health, and I urge you, Mr President, to guarantee that she will not be tortured or ill-treated in detention and that she will get access to necessary medical attention;

I also urge you to ensure that everyone can peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression in conformity with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Uzbekistan is a State Party;

I kindly request you, Mr President, to remind the authorities of the right of human rights defenders to carry out their activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Institutions to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Confident that you, Mr President, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Elisabet W.Middelthon
Chair Writers in Prison Committee Norwegian PEN

Copies to:
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir NOROV
Ministerstvo inostrannikh del RU, Mustakillik pl. 5, 700029 Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN
Fax: +998 71 139 15 17, e-mail: rnews@mfa.uz
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norwegian Embassies in Moscow, Kiev and Baku, Ambassador of Central Asia in Norway

2007: UZBEKISTAN:Umida Niazova

President Islam KARIMOV,
Rezidentsia prezidenta,
ul. Uzbekistanskaia 43, 700163
Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN
Fax: + 998 71 139 53 25
email: presidents_office@press-service.uz

Oslo, 21 February 2007

Dear President Karimov,

As Chair of Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN, I am deeply concerned for the safety and the well-being of independent human rights defender and journalist Umida Niazova, who has been in detention in Uzbekistan since 22 January 2007. I consider Umida Niazova to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for carrying out her human rights activities, and I call for her to be released from detention immediately and unconditionally.

I fear for Umida Niazova’s health, and I urge you, Mr President, to guarantee that she will not be tortured or ill-treated in detention and that she will get access to necessary medical attention;

I also urge you to ensure that everyone can peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression in conformity with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Uzbekistan is a State Party;

I kindly request you, Mr President, to remind the authorities of the right of human rights defenders to carry out their activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Institutions to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Confident that you, Mr President, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Elisabet W.Middelthon
Chair Writers in Prison Committee Norwegian PEN

Copies to:
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir NOROV
Ministerstvo inostrannikh del RU, Mustakillik pl. 5, 700029 Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN
Fax: +998 71 139 15 17, e-mail: rnews@mfa.uz