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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Uzbekistan.

 

Description of the situation:

 

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the incommunicado detention of Mr. Sobir Tulaganov, the Director of the Tashkent branch of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU).

 

According to the information received, on September 19, 2007, Mr. Tulaganov went to the Criminal Court of the Yuzunabad District in order to be granted access to the case of slander that was filed against him by Ms. Feruza Sokatbaeva on April 13, 2007, on the basis of Article 139 of the Uzbek Criminal Code. However, not only was he denied access to the case, but he was also arrested in the premises of the tribunal on the basis of a decision of the judge, who decided to turn the compulsory order of residence by which he has been bound in 2007, in the framework of the judicial proceedings against him, into imprisonment. Since then, Mr. Tulaganov has been held incommunicado. His whereabouts remain unknown.