Two Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan Sentenced to more than 8 Years

March 15, 2014

On 6 March 2014, in Tashkent the trial of two members of the Mazlum Human Rights Center took place: Fakhriddin Tillaev and Nuriddin Jumaniyazov. They were charged under Art. 135 of the Criminal Code (“trafficking in persons”). The prosecutor asked for 12 years of imprisonment. The court sentenced both the human rights advocates to 10 years and 8 months of imprisonment and applied the amnesty act passed by the Senate of Uzbekistan. The final term of punishment was thus still 8 years and 3 months of imprisonment.
Fakhriddin Tillaev
 Khabibulloevich Tillaev, born 1971. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Married. Two children. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Maslum Human Rights Center. Since 2005, he has been involved in the defense of labor rights in Surkhandarya Region. In 2012, one of the founders of the Union of Independent Trade Unions for support of labor migrants).
Nuraddin Reimbergenovich Djumaniyazov, born 1948. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Divorced. Two children. Since 2003, has been a member of the Maslum Human Rights Center. In 2012, took part in the creation of the Union of Independent Trade Unions and headed its Tashkent chapter.
[On 2 January 2014, Tillaev and Djumaniyazov were arrested with the sanction of the court, but the materials of the arrest case were dated 4 January. This is not the first case of falsification of the date of arrest in the practice of Uzbekistan.]
[There are strong indications that torture was applied and that the prosecution stopped this from being investigated and brought up in court’]
The trial itself and the weakness – if not falseness – of the evidence is described in some detail in Nadejda Atayeva’s original post and the fairness of the procedures is in grave doubt.

Nadejda Atayeva: Uzbekistan: Two Human Rights Defenders Imprisoned for 8 Years, 3 Months.

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