Thursday, 22 November 2007

Jahongir Sidikov

Via Craig Murray (ex British ambassador to Uzbekistan), this really is beyond belief.

The Home Office plans (in fact they tried yesterday) to forcibly deport Jahongir Sidikov, a member of a banned opposition political party, to Uzbekistan.

He remains in Heathrow having offered passive resistance to deportation yesterday. If they succeed in forcing him onto a plane to Tashkent there is a high likelihood he will be tortured there. Perhaps he will be executed - the death penalty is still in use there. The Uzbek regime has one of the worst human rights records and torture and ill-treatment in custody was described by Human Rights Watch as "widespread"1 last year.

The deportation is in breach of the UN Convention on Torture, Article 3 of which states that no State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

More: Craig Murray - Britain Institutes Death Penalty Save Jahongir Sidikov A Low Point

1 http://hrw.org/campaigns/uzbekistan/portraits_0407.pdf(Page 4, PDF)

1 comment:

areopagitica said...

I hope you've seen Craig Murray's vlog. Jahongir Sidikov has been granted political asylum.

http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2008/01/a_life_saved.html

Time to celebrate! - and then to make sure that no dissidents are ever deported to Uzbekistan.