The German authorities have already arranged a flight for him to be deported to Tajikistan the next week. By this decision, Germany has ignored the real risks of torture and ill-treatment he faces in Tajikistan and violated its human rights’ commitments.
Dr. Edward Lemon, Central Asia expert from University of Columbia, USA, says: “There is no doubt in my mind that should Mr Muhamad Sidiq Faizrahmonov be forced to return to Tajikistan, he will be in danger of torture and ill-treatment. His deportation would be a clear violation of the non-refoulement principle and Germany’s human rights commitments”.
In January 2016, the Tajik security authorities came to his father’s house where his family lives and seized passports of his wife, Firuza Faizrahmonova and their children, Muhammad and Sumaira Faizrahmonovs, to prevent them from leaving the country.
His 62-years old mother, Masnavikhon Faizrahmonov, has been repeatedly subjugated by the Tajik security services to arbitrarily detention, pressures, harassment, interrogation in various offices of security services in Jaihoon dist., Kurghanteppa, and Dushanbe. The last week, she was ‘invited’ by security officials for an interrogation in the main office of the Tajik State Committee for National Security following her participation in the opposition conference held in July 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
Moreover, his cousin Muhammad Azamov, a resident of Pakhtakor village in Jaihoon dist. was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison this year because he has liked and shared the IRPT’s posts in Odnoklassniki, a well-known social network in former Soviet Union’s republics.
Muhamad Sidiq Faizrahmonov has been an active supporter of the IRPT while he was in Tajikistan. In exile, he has also participated in the IRPT’s activities held in the territory of Germany, where he has sought asylum.
Dr. Edward Lemon about the dangers he would face in Tajikistan says: “Mr. Faizrahmonov’s connection to the IRPT through his brother, Mahmudjon Faizrahmonov, who is the party’s spokesman, places him in severe danger of torture and ill-treatment should he be returned to Tajikistan. The government has already made threats against his mother, brother, wife, and children, arbitrarily detaining them and confiscating their passports to prevent them from leaving the country.”
His deportation would be a clear violation of his rights and Germany’s human rights commitments therefore the compliant letter of Muhamad Sidiq Faizrahmonov was sent by his lawyer Jörg Rohgalf to the concerned German authorities.
SOURCE: Tajik activists
This explanatory article was sent in English to the German politicians, diplomats and international public officials from the EU, OSCE and UN.
OTHER SOURCES: (18 August, 2018): Tadschikistan: Deutschland will oppositionellen abschieben SOURCE: Der Spiegel
UPDATE: (21 August, 2018): As informed by his brother Mahmudjon Faizrahmonov, the German Federal Foreign Office prevented the deportation of Muhamad Sidiq Faizrahmonov to Tajikistan.