Belarus: Tajik journalist faces unlawful extradition

first_img News Odinaev, 43, has been actively involved in the IRPT. In 2013, while living in Russia, he founded the Moscow-based TV Safo, an independent satellite television channel that broadcast programs about the plight of Tajik migrants in Russia as well as independent coverage of events in Tajikistan. Odinaev also worked for the nongovernmental organization Pomoshch’ Migrantam (“Aid to Migrants”). to go further RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation The eleven groups are Amnesty International, the Association for Central Asian Migrants, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Civil Rights Defenders, Freedom House, Freedom Now, Human Constanta, Human Rights Center Viasna, Human Rights Watch, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says An independent journalist and political opposition activist risks torture or other ill-treatment if he is forcibly returned from Belarus to Tajikistan, a group of eleven human rights groups said today. Belarusian authorities should not extradite or deport the activist, Farhod Odinaev, or otherwise facilitate his forced return to Tajikistan. “Tajikistan’s government is known for ‘transnational repression,’ routinely using politically motivated charges to reach beyond its borders to threaten and detain peaceful dissidents,” said Steve Swerdlow, senior Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Belarus has a binding obligation not to send Odinaev anywhere he could face torture or other ill-treatment, including to Tajikistan, and it should abide by this international commitment.” News Forced return would violate ban on torture, other ill-treatment. Belarusian migration authorities detained Odinaev, a member of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), under a Tajik extradition request on September 25, 2019, after he attempted to cross the Belarus-Lithuania border. He had planned to travel from there to attend a human rights conference in Warsaw, Poland. Tajik authorities banned the party and declared it a terrorist organization in 2015, jailing its senior leadership and dozens of other members. Since then, Tajik authorities have engaged in a wide-ranging crackdown on the IRPT and other political activists in and outside the country, using extradition requests and INTERPOL “red notices” to detain them abroad. Credit: RFE/RL RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia BelarusTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaUnited NationsJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts BelarusTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaUnited NationsJudicial harassment In recent years, the Tajik government’s political crackdown has reached beyond the IRPT, as the authorities have intensified repression of free expression, peaceful assembly, and association by political opposition groups; curtailed the independence of the legal profession; and infringed on the independent exercise of religious faith. Since 2014, more than 150 political activists, lawyers, and government critics have been unjustly imprisoned. Relatives of dissidents who peacefully criticize the government from outside the country are regularly subjected to attacks by violent mobs and official acts of retaliation, such as arbitrary detention, threats of rape by security force members, and confiscation of passports and property. October 7, 2019 Belarus: Tajik journalist faces unlawful extradition Odinaev was traveling through Belarus en route to the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Europe’s largest human rights conference. He had planned to speak there on migration issues. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly held there is a serious risk that a person forcibly returned to face anti-state charges in Tajikistan would be tortured or subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The court also rejected as unreliable the Tajik government’s assurances that it would not subject anyone sent back to prohibited treatment.As a party to the Convention against Torture and as a matter of customary international law, Belarus is obliged to ensure that it does not send anyone to a place where they face a real risk of torture or other ill-treatment. For more information, please contact: Since September 25, Odinaev has been held in the pretrial detention center in Grodno, Belarus, pending possible extradition to Tajikistan. According to Human Constanta, the prosecutor general’s office received documentation on the extradition request and that Tajik authorities have charged Odinaev with, among other offenses, “public calls for carrying out extremist activity” (art. 307(1)(2) of Tajikistan’s criminal code) and “organizing an extremist community” (art. 307(2)(1)). The Tajik authorities routinely invoke these and related charges, including terrorism in politically motivated cases. In Washington, DC, for Human Rights Watch, Steve Swerdlow (English, Russian): +1-917-535-3075 (mobile); or [email protected] Twitter: @steveswerdlow In Almaty, for the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Marius Fossum (English, Russian, Norwegian): +47-975-20-925 (mobile); or [email protected] Twitter: @marius_fossum In Minsk, for Human Constanta, Nasta Loiko (Russian, Belarussian, English): +375-291-260-612 (mobile); or [email protected] Vilnius, for the Association of Central Asian Migrants, Ilhomjon Yakubov (Russian, Tajik): +370-675-40-792 (mobile); Twitter: @IYoqubzade‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ In Washington, DC, for Freedom House, Marc Behrendt (English, Russian): +1-202-296-5101; or [email protected] In Minsk, for Human Rights Center Viasna, Valiantsin Stefanovic (English, Russian): +375-296-626-188 (mobile): or [email protected] In Washington, DC, for Freedom Now, Maran Turner, (English): +44-776-376-4699 In Paris, for the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Nadejda Atayeva (Russian, French): +33-6-49-38-8659; or [email protected] Twitter: @ahrca In Paris, for Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Johann Bihr (English, Russian, French): +33-6-63-03-86-25; [email protected] Twitter: @johannbihr In London, for Amnesty International, Denis Krivosheev (English, Russian, Belarusian): +44-20-7413-5500/5669 ‬ Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Odinaev had participated in the 2018 conference. Human Constanta, a Belarusian human rights organization that is providing legal assistance to Odinaev in Belarus, said that Russian authorities had conducted an inspection of Pomoshch’ Migrantam in 2013, at the behest of the Tajik authorities. Other sources close to Odinaev said that he felt the Tajik government was more actively targeting him in the year since the 2018 conference and learned that he may have been then added to a list of persons the Tajik government was seeking to detain abroad for involvement in anti-state crimes. Torture is illegal in Tajikistan but remains widespread. Police and investigators often torture detainees to coerce confessions, including from people associated with political opposition groups, such as the IRPT and the political opposition “Group 24.” During a March 2019 prison visit, imprisoned IRPT deputy chairman, Mahmadali Hayit, showed his wife injuries on his forehead and stomach that he said were caused by beatings from prison officials for refusing to record videos denouncing Tajik opposition figures abroad. June 4, 2021 Find out more Tajikistan severely restricts religious freedom, regulating religious worship, dress, and education, and imprisons numerous people on vague charges of religious extremism. Tajik authorities also suppress unregistered Muslim education throughout the country, control the content of sermons, and have closed many unregistered mosques. Under the pretext of combating extremist threats, Tajikistan bans several peaceful minority Muslim groups. “Odinaev faces a high risk of torture if returned to Tajikistan,” said Nadejda Atayeva, president of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia. “No technical assurances Dushanbe could provide to the contrary will suffice given its terrible record on torture. Belarus’ cooperation with Tajikistan as co-member state of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should have no impact on its obligations under the Convention against Torture.” “Belarusian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Odinaev and allow him passage to a safe third country,” said Marius Fossum, regional representative of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in Central Asia. “The United States, the European Union, and all of Belarus’ international partners should press Minsk not to extradite Odinaev to a risk of torture and should publicly voice serious concern over Tajikistan’s crackdown on freedom of expression.”last_img read more

Magpies safe as Rangers lose again

first_img Press Association Newcastle ensured Premier League survival with a game to spare as a 2-1 win saw already-relegated QPR go down with a whimper at Loftus Road. Hatem Ben Arfa’s penalty and a Yoan Gouffran strike helped the Magpies come from behind to secure a victory that ensured another season in the top flight despite the late sending-off of goalkeeper Rob Elliott. It had not always looked so plain sailing, though, with Loic Remy’s early spot-kick putting Harry Redknapp’s side ahead and ending a 376-minute wait for a goal. center_img QPR edged a poor opening that only came into life in the 11th minute when Mathieu Debuchy gave away a penalty as referee Lee Probert adjudged him to have fouled Junior Hoilett. Yohan Cabaye was booked for his remonstrations but they counted for nothing, with former Newcastle target Remy slotting home. Ben Arfa burst into the box and Jose Bosingwa foolishly tugged the Newcastle man’s shirt in clear view of Probert. Another spot-kick was awarded and the France international stepped up to smash home, with the ball going in off the underside of the bar. It took just seven minutes for the Magpies to draw level and it appeared they had turned the match on its head by the 22nd minute. Debuchy swung in an exquisite right-wing cross that was nodded home at the far post by Papiss Cisse, only for the goal to be chalked off after the Senegalese striker drifted offside. Hoilett forced Elliott into a fine reaction save when QPR returned to the attack but, like so many times this season, poor-decision making cost them dearly. Bosingwa’s popularity plummeted to a new low after sending a weak back-pass to Rob Green and, under pressure from Jonas Gutierrez, the Rs goalkeeper could only clear as far as the unmarked Gouffran, who cushioned a volley into the empty goal. Newcastle were living dangerously with a one-goal lead – something that looked even more tentative eight minutes from time when they were reduced to 10 men. Goalkeeper Elliott handled the ball outside the box and was shown his second yellow of the afternoon, with Steve Harper replacing Ben Arfa for the closing stages. last_img read more

Brian Lara rues Australia not giving David Warner opportunity to break his 400 record

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Cricket TimesAdvertisement 3lNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecqj97( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aajlugWould you ever consider trying this?😱bxnftfCan your students do this? 🌚4clsRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Warner mesmerized the Adelaide Oval with an unbeaten knock of 335 against Pakistan in the second test. Brian Lara, currently the batsman with the highest individual score feels that Tim Paine should have given a chance to the left-hander to surpass his record score of 400. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Cricket TimesWarner slewed his way into the record books by registering the fourth fastest triple ton and also surpassing the scores of Mark Taylor and Don Bradman in the process.Brian Lara, who was in Adelaide coincidentally owing to some commercial engagements felt that he would be able to congratulate Warner on scaling his score just like how Gary Sobers did the same with Lara when he scored 375 against England in 1994. The West Indian legend said:Advertisement “I was hoping they might catch me and get me (out) there and that was one of the reasons I was hoping they might have let him go for it,” “It would have been amazing to walk out there (as Sobers did). Records are made to be broken. It’s great when they are broken by attacking players. Entertainers. Being in Adelaide I would have got an opportunity to if not walk out at least meet him at this opportune time,”Advertisement Read Also:Nepal bowler Anjali Chand takes 6 wicket for 0 and breaks all time T20 recordThe Final Hurdle: Sourav Ganguly’s message to Indian team; If you get to the semis, go past it!   Advertisementlast_img read more