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Save UN Worker from Torture

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Erkin Musaev, a 47-year-old father of two and UN employee, endured daily beatings, torture, and threats to his family while in detention in Uzbekistan. He is now serving a 20 year prison sentence as the result of a series of unfair trials for false claims of espionage.

Erkin was arrested in 2006 while working for a UN agency and charged with spying and misusing UN funds, which he has denied. For a month, he suffered daily beatings, nightly interrogations and threats against his family before eventually signing a confession on the condition his family would be left alone. This confession obtained through torture was used to convict him. During his trial, he was denied permission to call defence witnesses and had evidence brought against him that he maintains was planted on him at his arrest. Despite these facts, Erkin has been denied review of his case and is currently serving out his sentence, still enduring harsh treatment. His family has been forced to flee the country.

Erkin’s situation is dire, but there is hope. He remains confident that he will be released and the injustices done to him will be brought to light. Erkin’s father shares his determination and hope, saying “nine precious years of my son’s life have been stolen. It is my duty as a father to defend my wrongly accused son and stand up for justice.” We are in a unique position to help Erkin. In the past three years, four prisoners of conscience have been released in Uzbekistan due to international pressure, including from Amnesty activists. If we work together, we have a chance of improving Erkin’s prison conditions and securing his release.

Right now we have the opportunity to pressure authorities to release Erkin and investigate his claims of torture in custody.

Send an email to the Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan now.



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