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Uzbekistan: a human rights activist Nuraddin Djumaniyazov disappeared

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The lawyer representing a human rights activist Nuraddin Djumaniyazov is not given the location where he is kept.
   
The defence lawyer is unable to meet him, despite having an official permission to do so since 20 April 2015.
 
The last time Mr Djumaniyazov was seen during the court hearing. He asked his lawyer to help him to get hold of medication and said that he was seriously ill. His family does not support him in any way and Djumaniyazov was enduring alone.
 
In October 2014, Nuraddin Djumaniyazov was referred to the Sangorod (Medical Department) of the prison ?? 64/18 in Tashkent because of serious health condition caused by the diabetes. It has not been possible to find out any more information about his health since then.
 
Nuraddin Raimbergenovich DJUMANIYAZOV was born on 8 October 1948, in the town of Turtkul of the Karakalpakistan ASSR, Uzbekistan. He is a citizen of Uzbekistan, divorced. He has two children.
 
Since 2003, he is a member of the “Mazlum” Human Rights Centre; he is one of the founders of the Centre. In 2012 he participated in creation of Union of the Independent Trade Unions in support of the labour migrants and was the head of the Tashkent department of the organisation.
 
In January 2014, he was charged with the offence of “Human Trafficking” under Article 135(3)(d) of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan as well as his colleague, a human rights activist Fakhriddin Tillayev.
  
The Tashkent City Shaykhontahur District Criminal Court sentenced Nuraddin Djumaniyazov to 8 years and 9 months, Fakhriddin Tillayev to 10 years and 8 months of imprisonment on 6 March 2014.
  
At the appeal hearings against this Sentence, it was upheld, although the defence lawyer presented the evidence that during the investigation and the previous court hearings, the rights of Nuraddin Djumaniyazov and Fakhriddin Tillayev were breached.
  
Not long ago, a charitable foundation provided a humanitarian aid to purchase medication and provisions of food for him. That is why the lawyer wanted to visit her client. She also wanted to get his instructions in order to file an application seeking his release on compassionate grounds and ill health.
  
Association for Human Rights in Central Asia expresses a serious concern that the lawyer is unable to meet with Mr Djumaniyazov or access a reliable information about him. The human rights activist Nuraddin Djumaniyazov has been ill for a long time and is detained in conditions, which obviously caused damage to his health, and we fear, the worst consequences.
  
In this regard, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia sent a report about the situation of the human rights activist to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.
  
We previously reported on this case in the following press releases: