Sergei Mayorov: «Dauletmurat Tadzhimuratov is still illegally in solitary confinement»

Пятница, 22 Сентября 2023

On May 19, Tashkent lawyer Sergei Mayorov, defending the interests of Karakalpak lawyer and journalist Dauletmurat Tadzhimuratov (in Uzbek and Karakalpak writing - Tazhimuratov - ed.), recorded a video appeal to the authorities of Uzbekistan calling, firstly, to ensure compliance with the rule of law, and secondly, release him. The appeal states that Tadzhimuratov is still in isolation, he is denied the necessary medical care and the opportunity to receive information about what is happening in the world. Tadzhimuratov himself, according to his lawyer, believes that everything is moving towards the point that after some time it would be possible to announce his «natural» death.

- Today is September 19, 2023. I have prepared an appeal to disseminate via the Internet and other platforms and resources. This appeal is made on behalf of Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov, who is serving a sentence of 16 years of deprivation of liberty, of which 2 years he has to serve in prison. For what? For the events that took place on July 1-2, 2022 in Karakalpakstan.

This appeal has been given to the supreme power of Uzbekistan. Furthermore, I expect to be heard by the citizens of Karakalpakstan and citizens of Uzbekistan who are not concerned about the fate of the national hero, hero of our time, patriot Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov. I will address this appeal to the International human rights organizations that monitor the state of freedom of speech in the Republic of Uzbekistan and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Yesterday, September 18, 2023, I managed to meet with my client Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov. He is serving his sentence in prison - in colony No.11 in Navoi region. No one prevented me from meeting with him. We had an opportunity to have a thorough talk with Dauletmurat about the current situation in his case and regarding him personally. Nevertheless, I would like the supreme power of Uzbekistan, people of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan, who are concerned about the fate of Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov, to be aware of this situation from my words based on Dauletmurat's words, which he sends through me.

Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov does not need to be introduced. He spoke in defense of the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan and as a result of his action and the actions of other residents of Karakalpakstan, the idea to make amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which deprived Karakalpakstan of its sovereignty, was canceled. Despite the fact that Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov called the people for a peaceful solution to this conflict situation, the authorities, I emphasize, not the Judicial authorities, but the Supreme Executive appointed him as the main culprit of the events and tragedies on July 1-2, 2022.

He cruelly paid for his patriotic position, state position, and for his position of protecting the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan. The Executive Power instructed the Judiciary, and the Judiciary fulfilled the instruction of the Supreme Executive Power. According to the court verdict dated January 31, 2023, Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov was found as an organizer and perpetrator of grave crimes related to the overthrow of power, human tragedies, deaths, and he was sentenced, as I have already mentioned, 16 years, of which 2 years in prison.

I have repeatedly stated on air, in interviews and on other platforms that the true culprit of the tragedy of July 1-2, 2022 is not Tazhimuratov, but those officials who deceived our President, who presented the President with a false picture, false information. They stated that allegedly 700 Karakalpaks request to amend the constitution, depriving Karakalpakstan of sovereignty, to exclude the norm on sovereignty of Karakalpakstan from the constitution of both Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan. It was a lie - these 700 people have not been identified. Fortunately, our President promptly reacted to this lie and canceled the idea of making amendments to the constitution to deprive Karakalpakstan of sovereignty. Karakalpakstan remained a sovereign state according to the constitution of both Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan. However, the President trusted our judiciary, the system. Whereas the judicial system fulfilled the will of the executive branch and appointed Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov as the main culprit of these tragic events. Regretfully, our court is not independent, and the judicial board of appeal of the Supreme Court left the verdict into Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov in force.

At our meeting on September 18, 2023 in prison, Dauletmurat made an official application to the President of our country and a separate application to Ombudsman of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament of Uzbekistan). I am posting both applications on the Internet. The applications were recorded on a dictaphone with the consent of the colony administration. I intend to file a complaint with the Prosecutor, the Law Enforcement Agencies, and the Convict Punishment System that the rights of my client Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov are being violated while he is serving his prison sentence. He described more details of violations in his appeal. I will briefly highlight some of them.

One. Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov is deprived of receiving any information from the outside world. That is, he has no radio via he could receive information. There is no access to the media, to television.

Second. He has no access to a library to use any objective information.

Third. The quality of the food which is given him entails a deterioration of his health.

Fourth. He has been denied full medical care. He has experienced changes in his body with worse consequences. I will not enumerate or describe them. His demands for medical care and objective examination are not being met.

According to the rules in force for serving the sentence, he should be given educational talks, but he is deprived of this. No one conducts any educational work with him, and he is deprived of the opportunity to discuss the topic of his stay in prison, and deprived of the opportunity to have contacts to learn the position of the colony administration.

He is still in solitary confinement cell and as he considers this ordeal to be revenge for his nature, for his recalcitrant, for his disagreement with the verdict. Once again, it means that someone's evil will, coming from the executive branch, is being fulfilled.

Under the current rules, he must be ensured a job. He was also denied this. This fact of refusal to provide him with a job, communication with other convicts - this is also a kind of additional punishment, not envisaged by the law, but implemented by the executive power.

Another violation that took place concerning my client Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov is the prohibition towards his lawyer, i.e. me to have my mobile phone with me during visiting my client. My phone set before the date was taken away by the administration in the colony. I had no opportunity to communicate with my client, having my phone at my disposal. The administration violated my rights and the rights of my client in other ways. During several hours of my stay in the colony, in prison, I demanded a meeting with the colony authorities. I was deceived, explaining the impossibility of this meeting with the management. Of course, the inspectors had the appropriate instructions to deceive me under various pretexts in order to prevent a meeting with the colony authorities.

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Dauletmurat Tadzhimuratov, protest leader

Regarding the condition of my defendant Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov: it is close to deplorable - he is preparing for death. His two friends died under torture. His third friend died in a traffic accident on September 09 of this year. Dauletmurat is convinced that all is going to make him dead. In what way it can happen we are not aware of. He is not going to commit suicide, but everything is going towards it. And, in this regard, I once again appeal to the supreme power: If you allow the death of Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov in prison, it may cause a huge resonance among Karakalpaks. Reactions to Dauletmurat's death can be much harsher, more terrible, more tragic than what happened on July 1-2, 2022 due to the fault of officials from the government. Therefore, I kindly request the supreme power to find strength and release Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov from prison. Give him the opportunity to return to Karakalpakstan. He is the person who can persuade Karakalpakstanis to preserve their unity, friendship with Uzbekistan and peaceful coexistence.

In conclusion, I would like to note the fact that to this day, i.e. for the whole period of Mustakillik (the period of Uzbekistan's independence from 1991 to the present) the requirements of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the requirements of the Constitution of Karakalpakstan on signing the Agreement on the settlement of their relations between these two states have not been made yet. So far there is no corresponding agreement. Legally, this may mean, among all abovementioned, that any court proceeding taking place in relation to the Karakalpaks who suffered for preserving the status of the sovereign state of Karakalpakstan is illegal; as well as a judgment may be considered as illegal.

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