In March 2014, Tajikistan’s Anti-Corruption Agency arrested Fakhriddin Zokirov, another of Saidov’s lawyers. At the time of his arrest he had provided legal assistance to the former minister, Zaid Saidov, who was arrested after he created a new opposition party in the run up to the December 2013 presidential elections. Zokirov was released after eight months in detention on the condition that he would no longer defend Saidov.
In August 2015, authorities again arrested Zokirov, this time on extortion charges. He was again released in November, after paying a 14,600 Somoni fine (approximately US$2,000).
Together with the Law Society of England and Wales and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers sent a letter to authorities in Tajikistan. The letter focuses on the arrest and detention of lawyers in that country, specifically those whoRead more
On October 22, 2018, Freedom Now, Lawyers for Lawyers, Hogan Lovells US LLP, and DLA Piper UK LLP filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov. The organizations argue thatRead more
Lawyers for Lawyers has grave concerns about the situation of lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov. Two years ago, on 28 September 2015, Yorov was arrested. Since then he has been imprisoned. Recently, Yorov’s family members have reported that he allegedly is beingRead more
Today, 26 May 2017, marks the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the first Tajik Bar Association. Tajikistan’s human rights record continues to deteriorate amid an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression and political opposition. Lawyers for Lawyers has graveRead more