Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Buzurgmehr Foundation calls on all relevant authorities of the Germany not to extradite the Abdullohi Shamsiddin

Buzurgmehr Foundation calls on all relevant authorities of Federal Republic of Germany not to extradite Tajik activist Abdullohi Shamsiddin.

Tajikistan is a country with a dictatorial government, where dissent and any aspirations for democracy are severely punished. There is no independent judiciaryin the country, lawyers are under constant pressure of the government apparatus.

Extradition of Abdullohi Shamsiddin to Tajikistan threatens him with unfair detention, torture and long-term imprisonment only because he is the son and relative of one of the founders of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, which is banned and outlawed in the country. 

Since there is no independent judiciary and independent lawyers in the country, in addition, the journalists and relatives of the detained dissidents and opposition activists are severely persecuted, there will be no way to actually track the fate of Abdullohi Shamsiddin in Tajikistan. The authorities do not disclose information on such criminal cases and trials are held behind closed doors.

We are confident that as soon as Abdullohi Shamsiddin arrives in Dushanbe, he will be immediately arrested, subjected to torture and other abuse, and criminal investigation will be fabricated against him to revenge his father Shamsiddin Saidfor his political activities. 

Recall that on March 4, 2020, Hizbullo Shovalizoda, a citizen of the Republic of Tajikistan, was extradited from Austria to Tajikistan. The Tajik authorities assured their Austrian counterparts that he would not be persecuted, but after Hizbullo Shovalizoda was extradited to Dushanbe, he was arrested immediately and on June 12, 2020 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on trumped-up charges.

Thus, Buzurgmehr Foundation calls on Germanauthorities to review the decision to extradite Abdullohi Shamsiddin to Tajikistan, where he is threatened with unfair detention and torture.


Buzurgmehr Foundation 

Jamshed Yorov

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