Bekzhanov, Safar

State of concern: .
Original citizenship: .
Alleged affiliation: Birlik, Erk Party.
Which stages experienced: not Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3
Class of most serious incident: .
Date of most serious incident: 1997.
Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .
Exiled? Yes.
Category of exile: .

Who, Why and How exiled: In early 1990', Safar Bekzhanov, was an activist with the outlawed political parties : Erk(Freedom) and Birlik ( Ferghana news, 2013; Amnesty International, 1997). In 2013, he was one of the activists who ‘broke’ into Gulnara Karimova’s residence in Geneva and uncovered items allegedly taken from the Uzbek national museum ( Ferghana news, 2013). He is currently the head of the  civil society  Uzdem Fund Suisse in Switzerland ( Amnesty International).  

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): In  had been charged  with fraud, which his supporters claimed had been fabricated for political reasons ( Amnesty International, 1997)

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): He has been imprisoned in 1993 for four years ( Amnesty International, 1997; Ferghana news, 2013).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …): He alleged that he had been tortured throughout his imprisonment ( Amnesty International, 1997)

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): In 1997 he has been released under the  May amnesty ( Amnesty International, 1997). He fled to Switzerland in 1998 where he has  received political exile  ( Ferghana news, 2013).

Current status: He is currently living in Switzerland

Press sources: Ferghana news, 2013. 'Сафар Бекжан: «Мы хотим заставить узбекских чиновников и олигархов вернуть деньги народу Узбекистана»'. December 24, 2013. [Online]. Available at : Amnesty International, 1997.  'Amnesty International Report 1997 - Uzbekistan'January 1.  1997, [Online]. Available at: