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Uzbekistan: Arrest of Human Rights Defender Uktam PardayevLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
The family of Uktam Pardayev are very concerned about his safety.
(SALEM) - Uzbekistan is drawing international attention for its blatant abuse of human rights defenders ilke Uktam Parayev, who hasn't been seen since police forced him into a car at a gas station.
Our Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes, believes Uktam Pardayev’s arrest is part of an ongoing pattern of harassment against the human rights defender.
As expected, the family of Mr. Pardayev are very concerned about his safety.
Since being arrested and taken away by police, officials have refused to provide information to Uktam Pardayev’s relatives. They still have not been able to determine the human rights defender’s whereabouts.
Family members report having visited the city police stations, the 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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