Tajikistan: Allow 10-Year-Old to Reunite with Mother
Authorities Block Activists’ Relatives from Leaving the Country
(Berlin) – Tajik security services forced an activist’s 10-year-old daughter, elderly mother, and brother off an airplane at Tajikistan on August 4, 2018, seven human rights groups said today. They were on their way to Europe to reunite with the activist.
Global Advocates Foundation joined The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), a coalition of over 200 public interest groups and trade unions concerned with the increasing influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe, the resulting loss of democracy in EU decision-making and the postponement, weakening, or blockage even, of urgently needed progress on social, environmental and consumer-protection reforms.
European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) publication of April 2018: "Targeted sanctions against individuals on grounds of grave human rights violations - impact, trends and prospects at EU level".
On request of Global Advocates Foundation, a Member of the Spanish Parliament and the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions Mr Ignacio Sanchez Amor, intervened and wrote to the Greek authorities regarding the case of the Tajik activist and member of the moderate Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) Mr Mirzorakhim Kuzov, who was detained in Greece after Tajik authorities placed him on the INTERPOL's Red Notice list.
Forced Return Would Violate Ban on Torture, Ill-Treatment
(Athens) – Greece should not extradite, deport, or otherwise facilitate the return of a Tajik opposition activist to Tajikistan, where he faces possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. Mirzorakhim Kuzov, a senior leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), was detained on October 9, 2017, by Greek police at passport control in Athens International Airport as he was in transit after attending a human rights conference in Warsaw, Poland.
Use Human Rights Summit to Urge a Halt to Repression
Last time the European Union and Tajikistan held high-level talks on human rights in summer 2016, Tajik authorities were in the midst of the worst crackdown in the country’s recent history. Six days before talks took place, the country’s supreme court had sentenced the leaders of Tajikistan’s leading opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan to cruelly long prison sentences. The trials were politically motivated, and the defendants tortured. There was no evidence of the activists’ involvement in non-peaceful activities.
Preliminary observations by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye at the end of his visit to Tajikistan
Dushanbe (9 March 2015) - At the invitation of the Government, I spent the past week in Tajikistan to explore key components of the freedom of expression under international human rights law, that is, the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers and through any media.