Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Sidikov: Deportation Rescheduled for Tomorrow

From Craig Murray's latest post:

Firstly, and most importantly, Wednesday 28 November has now been set as the date for Jahongir Sidikov's deportation. The Home Office have received an impressive number of representations, including a united one from effectively all of Uzbekistan's opposition and human rights groups. We now need a further push to try to save this man's life.
It is seriously disheartening that despite this, and the efforts of what being realistic is a small proportion of active political bloggers (listed here and here), publicity has been very sparse. There has been nothing in the mainstream media whatsoever, not even on Comment is Free which I find very surprising.

This is an appalling and surely noteworthy case that would set a seriously worrying precedent should deportation go ahead. I find it extremely difficult to believe - it would require incompetence and dereliction of duty on an extraordinary scale - that all involved in this case are ignorant of the facts regarding Uzbekistan's record of torture and execution of political and human rights activists as reported by numerous independent sources (summarised here). The alternative, however, hardly bears thinking about.

UPDATE 28/11 1320: At last a breakthrough on mainstream media! More4 News report on Sidikov's case.

1 comment:

areopagitica said...

Note the Channel 4 news report with video here:

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/international_politics/deportation+fears+for+uzbek+man/1107647

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