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Uzbekistan: Arrest of Human Rights Defender Uktam PardayevLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Uktam Pardayev's problems stated after a visit to his house by officials from the American Embassy about his Human Rights work.
(SALEM) - An Uzbek human rights defender, Mr Uktam Pardayev, was taken recently by police and those officials are not cooperating with Mr. Pardayev's family.
Uktam Pardayev is the Chairperson of the Independent Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (IHRSU) in the region of Djizak.
He was at a service station at 10:00 a.m. on 30 September 2012 when he was approached by armed police. The officers beat him on the spot and placed Mr. Pardeyev under arrest, taking him from the scene. Additional police officers were called to the scene and minutes later, four more uniformed officers arrived in a second car. Mr. Uktam was forced into a white Zhiguli car and driven off in an unknown direction.
Since the time of his arrest, Uktam Pardayev’s relatives have been refused information about the human rights hi’s whereabouts.
They took their case to the city police stations, local office of the Department of Interior Affairs, and the national security office.
Uktam Pardayev’s brother handed out written requests to inform them about his brother’s whereabouts, which was accepted by the Department of Interior Affairs, but refused by the national security office.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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