Ten year sentence for human rights journalist

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN is shocked to learn of the ten year prison sentence served against the independent journalist and human rights defender Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov, on 10 October 2008. Aburakhmanov was arrested in early June 2008 on charges of possessing illegal drugs, charges widely considered to have been fabricated in retaliation for his human rights reporting. The WiPC considers his conviction to be a serious breach of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Uzbekistan is a signatory, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
Source: International PEN

Amnesty International has background information about Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov’s case. Blackheath & Greenwich Amnesty will have our monthly letter-writing evening at Greenwich Picturehouse next Tuesday. We’ll have letters, which you can sign, calling for Mr Abdurakhmanov’s release.

Update: I’ve drafted a letter calling for Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov’s release. There’s a copy to the Deputy Prosecutor General and another to the Minister of Internal Affairs. Feel free to download these and mail them on your own behalf. Alternatively, you can e-mail the Deputy Prosecutor General at prokuratura@lawyer.com and the Ministry of Internal Affairs at mvd@mvd.uz.