Statement by the Tajik public political movement "Group 24" regarding the trial in Turkey over the murder of Umarali Kuvatov,
the late leader of "Group of 24"
— To the Government of the Republic of Turkey
— To the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
— To the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions
— To the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
— To the UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Opinion and Expression
— To the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
— To the Sub-Commission on Human Rights of the European Parliament
— To the Governments of the EU and the United States of America
— To international human rights organisations
August 3rd, 2015
The Tajik public political movement 'Group 24' respectfully appeals to you in connection with the judicial review of a particularly severe crime, which may be qualified a crime against humanity demanding the attention of the democratic community.
On March 5th 2015, in Istanbul, the murder by poisoning of the following citizens of Tajikistan was attempted: Umarali Kuvatov, Qumriniso Hafizova, juvenile Abubakr Kuvatov, Usmanali Kuvatov, Hussein Ashurov and Suhrob Turaev.
Later the same day, Umarali Kuvatov was shot in the head and killed.
The murder of the leader of "Group 24" Umarali Kuvatov is a manifestation of the reprisals aimed at critics of the regime of Emomali Rakhmon.
We consider the closed nature of the judicial review of a political assassination unacceptable.
We call upon:
— The Government of the Republic of Turkey:
• to grant access to the lawyers of the victim to the trial
• to open the trial to independent observers and free media
— The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions; the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers; the UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Opinion and Expression:
• to use their mandate to ensure fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens of Tajikistan.
— The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):
• to act as an observer of the trial to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
— The Sub-Commission on Human Rights of the European Parliament:
• to advocate for the victims who suffered poisoning as a group and the murder of Umarali Kuvatov;
• to include in the agenda of the dialogue on human rights of the European Union the case of Tajik civil society activists, who as members and supporters of "Group 24" have suffered for participating in peaceful protests.
— Governments in the European Union and the United States of America
• to act in this trial as observers.
We are convinced that only an open judicial investigation can provide an objective assessment of the evidence against the defendants, and to bring to justice not only the perpetrators of the crime but also those who ordered it.
Head of the Tajik public political movement "Group 24",
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