On January 13, 2015, a court of the Capital City of Dushanbe sentenced lawyer Sukhrat Qudratov to nine years in a penal colony for bribery and fraud. He will appeal the sentence. Qudratov was arrested on 21 July 2014 and was held in pre-trial detention since.
L4L fears that the prosecution of Qudratov may be related to his legal assistance and defence of the former Minister Zaid Saidov, who was arrested in November 2013 after announcing the creation of a new opposition party in the run up to the December 2013 presidential elections. Qudratov is the second of Zaid Saidov’s lawyers to be detained. In March 2014, Fakhriddin Zokirov, another lawyer defending Mr. Saidov, was arrested on forgery charges. He was released after eight months under the condition that he would no longer defend Saidov.
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