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Uzbekistan: Health condition of POC deteriorating, Norboi Kholzhigitov

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 62/003/2009

Norboi Kholzhigitov, a 60-year-old male human rights activist, is critically-ill in an Uzbekistan prison. Whilst in detention he has not been receiving the treatment he needs for a range of serious medical problems. He is a Prisoner of Conscience and his health has been continuously deteriorating since being imprisoned. There are now fears that if he is not treated he will die.

UA: 238/09 Index: EUR 62/003/2009 Uzbekistan Date: 10 September 2009
URGENT ACTION
HEALTH CONDITION OF POC DETERIORATING
Norboi Kholzhigitov, a 60-year-old male human rights activist, is critically-ill in an Uzbekistan
prison. Whilst in detention he has not been receiving the treatment he needs for a range of
serious medical problems. He is a Prisoner of Conscience and his health has been continuously
deteriorating since being imprisoned. There are now fears that if he is not treated he will die.
Norboi Kholzhigotov’s wife has reported that her husband, who suffers from diabetes, is in a serious, life-threatening
condition: his blood pressure is high, his right arm and leg are almost paralyzed; his fellow inmates have to carry
him when he needs to move about; he has lost 31 of his 32 teeth and is unable to chew his food and has lost 40 kg.
When Norboi Kholzhigitov tried to complain about his treatment he claims he was beaten and threatened with being
confined to a psychiatric hospital. Norboi Kholzhigitov’s wife visited him in prison on 23 July and saw that his
health continued to deteriorate. He looked very weak and pale, he was hardly able to move his right arm and his
right leg and the skin on both had turned black. During August his physical condition continued to weaken and his
family and colleagues now fear his life is at risk.
In 2005, Norboi Kholzhigitov, who had been defending the rights of farmers in his village in the Samarkand Region
of Uzbekistan, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. The charges he faced were believed to have been
fabricated in order to punish him for his human rights activities. He was found guilty of committing “libel”,anti-
state offences and “fraud”. He was sent to a Penal Colony in Karshi, a city in the south of Uzbekistan. His wife and
colleagues have stated that Norboi Kholzhigitov's health has severely deteriorated during the years that he has spent
in prison due to a lack of adequate medication, appropriate and effective medical treatment and poor prison
conditions.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Uzbek, Russian or your own language:
Urging the authorities to immediately provide Norboi Kholzhigitov with appropriate and effective medical
treatment;
calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Norboi Kholzhigitov as he is a prisoner of conscience.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 21 OCTOBER TO:
President
Islam Karimov
ul. Uzbekistanskaya, 43,
700163 g. Tashkent
Respublica Uzbekistan
Fax: (+99871) 139 53 25
Email: presidents_office@press-
service.uz
Salutation: Dear President Karimov
Head of the Directorate of Execution of
Sentences, Ministry of Internal Affairs
Abdukarim Shodiev
Ferganskoe shosse, 25,
700005 g. Tashkent
Respublica Uzbekistan
Fax: (+99871) 1916835
Email: mvd@mvd,uz, info@mvd.uz
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
General Procurator of the Republic of
Uzbekistan
Rashidzhon Kodirov
Prokuratura Respubliki Uzbekistan
ul. Gulyamova. 66,
700047 g. Tashkent
Respublica Uzbekistan
Fax: (+99817) 133 39 17/133 73 68
Email: prokuratura@lawyer.uz
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date.
Date: 10 September 2009
URGENT ACTION
HEALTH CONDITION OF POC DETERIORATING
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UA: 238/09 Index: EUR 62/003/2009 Issue Date: 10 September 2009

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