TAJIKISTAN: Sodiqov Treason Investigation Extended

By | September 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm | No comments | Campaigns | Tags: ,

Rapid Action Network Appeal for Alexander Sodiqov

PEN Canada is extremely concerned by the extension (by one year) of Tajikistan’s treason investigation into Alexander Sodiqov, the blogger and PhD student at the University of Toronto.  Sodiqov was arrested and charged in June 2014 and released after spending approximately five weeks in detention. However, the conditions of his release are very strict and are likely to stay in place for the duration of the investigation: Sodiqov is prohibited from leaving Tajikistan and returning to his academic studies in Canada, he is also not allowed to speak to foreign journalists, ambassadors and human rights organizations. PEN believes that the charge against Alexander Sodiqov is politically motivated and calls for it to be dropped, and for the associated restrictions on Sodiqov’s freedom of expression and movement to be lifted.

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  • Write to Tajikistan’s President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, calling on Tajikistan to drop the treason charge against Sodiqov and to lift the associated restrictions on his freedom of movement and expression.

Background

Alexander Sodiqov, 31, is a popular blogger on Central Asian issues at Global Voices and the Tajikistan Monitor and is a PhD student at the University of Toronto. At the time of his arrest he was carrying out research in Gorno-Badakhshan as part of a mutli-country research project led by the University of Exeter, called Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia.

He was arrested by security officers on June 16, 2014 whilst interviewing an opposition leader as part of his research into conflict resolution in Gorno-Badakhshan, a region which has recently seen deadly clashes between protesters and local security forces. On June 17, 2014, the State Committee for National Security (SCNS) issued a statement accusing Sodiqov of spying for foreign governments. If convicted of treason he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Send appeals to:

President
Emomali Rahmon
80 Rudaki Street
Dushanbe 734023
Tajikistan
Fax: +992 372 21 68 00
Email: mail@president.tj
Salutation: Dear President Rahmon

Prosecutor General
Sherkhon Salimzoda
126, A. Sino Avenue
Dushanbe 734043, Tajikistan
(Mark faxes and emails, “Please forward to Prosecutor General”)
Fax: +992 372 21 02 59
Email: info@mfa.tj
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

Chairman, State Committee for National Security
Saimymin Yatimov
Ministry of Security
Ul Gorkogo 8
734025 Dushanbe
Tajikistan
Fax: +992 372 21 23 12

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