Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Rights activist arrested in Uzbekistan
Renowned Uzbek human rights activist Mutabar Tajibaeva was arrested, Paris-based Central Asia newspaper reported.
In the night of 8 October, Tajibaeva was supposed to leave for Dublin together with Tolib Yakubov, chairman of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU), to participate in the international conference on protection of human rights defenders.
On that night, the house of Tajibaeva was surrounded with police. More than 20 law-enforcement officers with militia officials, six special force agents in masks, entered the house with submachine guns and bludgeons and searched there.
Tajibaeva is a chairwoman of the Ardent Hearts Club in the Uzbek city of Ferghana. She is also one of the founders of the national movement Civil Society. In the recent years, the authorities have persecuted Tajibaeva for her political views and open civil position.
Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, is urging his readers to write their government representatives and ask them to intervene in Tajibaeva's case.