On November 5, 2019, the Prosecutor General’s office of Belarus decided to refuse the extradition of activist Farhod Odinaev to the Tajik authorities. We welcome this decision, which was made, including taking into account the request from Farhod’s defense about the threats of torture and arbitrary prosecution in case of extradition, the human rights organization Human Constanta reports.
“We thank the human rights organizations and the international community for their activity in the Farhod’s case,” Human Constanta said in its statement. “We really hope that during the day Farhod will be released from the pre-trial detention center of the city of Grodno and will not be subjected to forced exile, as it was with Parviz Tursunov. We are not sure of Farhod’s complete safety in case of his deportation to Russia.”
Recall that Farhod Odinaev was detained on September 25 of this year on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border at the request of Tajik law enforcement agencies. 42 year-old Odinaev is accused under two articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Tajikistan of membership in a banned organization and active participation, financing and agitation of extremist activities.
On October 7, 11 human rights organizations: Amnesty International, Association of Central Asian Migrants, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Norwegian-Helsinki Committee, Freedom Now, Human Constanta, Human Rights Center Viasna and Reporters without Borders asked the Belarusian authorities not to extradite Farhod Odinaev to Tajikistan. The statement noted that the Tajik authorities are actively hunting for opposition members outside the country using threats and arrests.