In Uzbekistan, the court, by its decision, left the blogger in a psychiatric clinic

The lawyer of the blogger Nafosat Ollashukurova could not get her release from the neuropsychiatric dispensary. On November 27, the Khorezm Regional civil court rejected the petition of lawyer Umid Dovlatov and left her in the clinic for an indefinite period.

An on-site court hearing at the regional neuropsychiatric dispensary did not heed the arguments of the lawyer and relied in its decision on the conclusion of the dispensary’s doctors.

A Tashkent expert said to an ACCA journalist that “of course, you cannot distantly understand the mental state of a young woman. If the lawyer is confident in her sanity, then it most likely is. A few years ago I heard stories about the barbaric attitude of the doctors of this clinic to patients. These endless injections, disgusting conditions. I think that nothing has changed there: less and less qualifications, more and more blind submission to various authorities. They will spoil Nafosat all her life with the stigma of a mad woman. Therefore we can see frankly sick in the Uzbek Parliament. In the case of Nafosat, the method of intimidating dissidents is clearly visible, such a Soviet one.”

A 32-year-old blogger, mother of two children, Nafosat has been punished twice for covering a peaceful protest. Recall that the relatives and friends of the opposition journalist Mahmud Rajabov decided to walk with him to Tashkent in search of justice. A group of activists was detained by force. The court sentenced Mahmud Rajabov and Nafosat (Shabnam) Ollashukurova to 10 days of arrest. They were found guilty of petty hooliganism, failure to comply with the lawful requirements of an internal affairs officer and “creating the conditions for unauthorized meetings, rallies, street processions and demonstrations.” Three days after the arrest, Ollashukurova was forcibly taken to the regional neuropsychiatric dispensary in Urgench.

Nafosat intends to appeal to the Supreme Court of the country. Earlier, international organizations stood up for her. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Uzbekistan to release Ollashukurova. Gulnoza Said, CPJ Program Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, emphasized that “if Uzbekistan wants the world to believe that it is serious about reforms, it should not resort to totalitarian practices, such as forcing journalists to be sent to a psychiatric hospital”.


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