Stop Torture: Uzbekistan must free Prisoner of Conscience Dilorom Abdukadirova

Dilorom Abdukadirova worked with her husband and mother-in-law on their small family farm in Uzbekistan growing and selling vegetables. In 2005, she joined thousands at a protest to voice her concerns about the economy. When the police opened fire on the protestors she ran for safety to the border where she received a refugee visa for Australia.

Almost 4 years later she returned to her family but on arrival she was detained and charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order. Dilorom Abdukadirova is a prisoner of conscience, convicted for exercising her right to freedom of expression and peacefully attending a protest. Read More

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Message Recipients:President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov (and Uzbekistani embassies)
Dilorom Abdukadirova peacefully attended a protest to voice her concerns about the economy in Uzbekistan. When the police opened fire on the protestors she ran for safety to the border, where she received a refugee visa for Australia. Almost 4 years later she returned to her family but on arrival she was detained and charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and illegally exiting Uzbekistan.

In 2012, Dilorom’s sentence was extended by eight years after she had been accused of allegedly breaking prison rules with “bad behavior”; no explanation of what this constituted was given. Dilorom remains in prison, where her family fears she is again being ill-treated.

Dilorom Abdukadirova is a prisoner of conscience, convicted for exercising her right to freedom of expression and peacefully attending a protest.

We call on you to:

- Drop all charges against Dilorom Abdukadirova and release her immediately and unconditionally;
- Ensure that a prompt, impartial and effective investigation is carried out into the allegations that Dilorom Abdukadirova was tortured in custody.

Thank you,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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