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IPHR, Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International, Freedom Now, and the Observatory for Protection of Human Rights Defenders call on the authorities of #Tajikistan to release Manuchehr Kholiqnazarov.
Manuchehr is a human rights lawyer from Tajikistan, director of the Lawyers Association of Pamir (LAP) which worked in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in the east of the country.
After the November 2021 crackdown on protests in GBAO, he provided legal advice to the detained and joined a commission of civil society and law enforcement representatives set up to investigate these events. However, in May 2022 a renewed crackdown derailed the commission’s activities and Manuchehr was arrested.
In December 2022, the Supreme Court sentenced Manuchehr to 16 years in prison on charges of participation in a criminal and banned organisation after an unfair trial.
He now serves his sentence in inhumane conditions in prison, suffering from severe back pain. He maintains his innocence.
Please take action in support of Manuchehr now by doing one or both of these:
1️⃣ Let Manuchehr travel through you by sending him a postcard of your hometown, home country, or anywhere in the world. Send him a message of support and solidarity in Tajik, English or Russian or your own language.
📬 Please send your postcard to this address:
Исправительное учреждение ЯС 3/7, Улица Низами Гянджави, Душанбе, Республика Таджикистан Correctional institution YaS 3/7, Nizami Ganjavi street., Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan.
2️⃣ Write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan’s email box with the following text:
Dear Minister, I am writing to express my concern about the imprisonment of human rights defender Manuchehr Kholiqnazarov after an unfair trial and call on your government to immediately release him from detention. Thank you for your attention to this matter, Yours sincerely (name) (country)
📩 You can send emails to these addresses:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Thank you for supporting Manuchehr!
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