Голова Державної міграційної служби
Dear Head of State Migration Service, journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunzhonov was detained by Ukrainian border guards on 20 September, following an Interpol Red Notice requested by Uzbekistan. He remains remanded in custody, pending a formal extradition request from the Uzbekistani authorities. If forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, he would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Urging the State Migration Service to take all necessary steps to ensure Narzullo Akhunzhonov is not extradited or in any other way forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, where he is at risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment;
Urging the Solomyanskyi Prosecutor’s Office to request an immediate release of Narzullo Akhunzhonov as he appears to be under an Interpol Red Notice solely because of his work as a critical journalist;
Calling on the State Penitentiary Service to ensure Narzullo Akhunzhonov’s rights are fully respected while in detention, including regular access to the medical treatment he requires