URGENT ACTION OPPOSITION ACTIVIST AT RISK IN TAJIKISTAN

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URGENT ACTION OPPOSITION ACTIVIST AT RISK IN TAJIKISTAN

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Sharofiddin Gadoev is believed to be held by the Tajik authorities following his arbitrary arrest
in Moscow on 14 February and forcible return to Tajikistan. He is a member of Tajikistan’s
opposition National Alliance coalition and Group 24, an opposition political movement banned
in Tajikistan. Sharofiddin Gadoev is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
TAKE ACTION: WRITE AN APPEAL IN YOUR OWN WORDS OR USE THIS MODEL LETTER
Rahmon Yusuf Ahmazod, Prosecutor General
Through the on-line form:
http://prokuratura.tj/ru/contacts.html (Russian)
http://prokuratura.tj/en/internet-reception/send-a-message.html (English)
Fax: +992 37 2352441
Tajikistan

Dear Prosecutor General,
I am writing to you to express my deep concern over the arbitrary arrest in Moscow of opposition
activist Sharofiddin Gadoev and his forcible return to Tajikistan.
Sharofiddin Gadoev, who resides legally in the Netherlands, has publicly stated on numerous occasions
he had no intention of returning to Tajikistan, where he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and
unfair prosecution. On 14 February, he was arbitrarily detained by the authorities in Moscow, and
reappeared the next day in Dushanbe. After spending one day under house arrest in his family home in
Farkhor, Sharoffidin Gadoev was transferred to an undisclosed place on 20 February by officers from
the Interior Ministry and special forces.
On 24 February, the Netherlands' Foreign Ministry stated that the Tajik authorities confirmed
Sharofiddin Gadoev’s arrest, and claimed that he is accused of "criminal activities."
Sharofiddin Gadoev is a member of the National Alliance and the opposition political movement Group
24. In view of the current crackdown on Tajikistan’s opposition parties, the indiscriminate targeting of

human rights lawyers and political activists, and numerous documented cases of torture and ill-
treatment of opposition figures, Sharofiddin Gadoev is at serious risk. I therefore urge you to:

- Ensure Sharofiddin Gadoev is protected from torture and other ill-treatment and has unimpeded
access to a lawyer of his choice, to his family and any medical attention he might require;
- If he is in the custody of Tajik law enforcement bodies, release him immediately unless there is
sufficient credible evidence to charge him with a recognisable criminal offence in accordance with
international law and standards.
Yours sincerely,

First UA: 25/19 Index: EUR 60/9926/2019 Tajikistan Date: 28 February 2019
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A legal representative of Sharofiddin Gadoev, Viktoria Nadezhdina, explained that the activist was detained by the
authorities in Moscow, the capital of Russia, on 14 February, where he had meetings with the representatives of
the Russian Security Council who gave him assurances regarding his security. However, Sharofiddin Gadoev
reappeared the next day in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. After spending one day under house arrest in his family’s
home in the southern town of Farkhor, Sharofiddin Gadoev was transferred to an undisclosed place on 20 February
by officers from the Interior Ministry and special forces.
On 24 February, the Netherlands' Foreign Ministry – the country in which Sharofiddin Gadoev legally resides –
declared that the Tajik authorities confirmed that Sharofiddin Gadoev was arrested, and that he is accused of
"criminal activities."
Sharofiddin Gadoev is a member of National Alliance (a coalition of opposition parties) and the leader of the
opposition political movement Group 24, many of whose supporters are in exile. He has been critical of the
policies of President Emomali Rahmon. The previous head of Group 24, Umarali Kuratov, was killed in Turkey in
March 2015. Tajikistani opposition figures have in the recent past been arrested, subjected to torture and
sentenced in flagrant violation of the right to a fair trial. In 2015, the arrest and criminal prosecution of 14 leaders
of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) saw numerous violations of the right to a fair
trial, and there were credible allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and strong suspicion that the charges
against them were politically motivated.
Amnesty International has recorded numerous cases of torture in Tajikistan amidst a crackdown on dissenting
voices.
Amnesty International has also documented numerous forcible returns from Russia to Central Asia. In the report
Fast Track to Torture Amnesty International showed that short of resorting to complicity in the abduction of
individuals, the Russian authorities have sought other ways to circumvent their international obligations and have
used administrative means, such as deportations for administrative offences, to return individuals to Central
Asian states where they face a real risk of torture.
PREFERRED LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS TARGET: Tajik, Russian or English.
You can also write in your own language.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE UNTIL: 11 April 2019
Please check with the Amnesty office in your country if you wish to send appeals after the deadline.
NAME AND PREFERRED PRONOUN: Sharofiddin Gadoev (he/him)

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