Kurbonov, Nematullo

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

A member of Group 24, after receiving threats towards his family he returned to Tajikistan on 9 October 2014 and was arrested at the airport in Dushanbe (TajInfo, 2015).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Group of 24, New Tajikistan.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2014.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

Kurbonov had been charged with anti-constitutional activity (article 307) of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan (Human Rights Watch,  2016).

Family received threats, prompting Kurbonov's return (TajInfo,  2015; Sputnik, 2015).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death):

Kurbonov's collegues claim that he disappeared after returning to Tajikistan from Russia on or around 10th October 2014. Activists believe that he was forcibly disappeared by Tajik authorities and may be in a detention facility, although his whereabouts remain unknown (Human Rights Watch, 2016).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

Kurbonov is serving four year sentence in prison in Tajikistan, though there is no record of a trial taking place. Whereabouts remain unknown (TajInfo, 2015; Human Rights Watch, 2016; Atayeva, 2015).

His whereabouts still remain unknown in 2019. Human Rights Watch have urged the United Nations Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) to pressure the government of Tajikistan to reveal Nematullo Kurbonov's location and release him (HRW, 2019).

Press sources:

TajInfo, 2015. 'Russia: Tajik activist Mehrubon Sattorova facing extradition', 2nd August 2015. [Online]. Available at: http://www.tajinfo.org/molodejzavozrojdenie/post/635741488298630962


Human Rights watch, 2016. 'Tajikistan: Severe Crackdown on Political Opposition' Human Rights Watch, 17th February 2016. [Online]. Available at: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/02/17/tajikistan-severe-crackdown-political-opposition


Sputnik, 2015. "В сети опубликованы данные о 10 задержанных друзьях Умарали Кувватова"28ht January, 2015. [Online]. Available at:  http://ru.sputnik-tj.com/investigation/20150128/1014103890.html


Nadejda Atayeva, 2015. "Россия: таджикскому активисту Мехрубону Сатторову грозит экстрадиция" 31st of July, 2015. [Online]. Available at: http://nadejda-atayeva.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/blog-post_30.html

Human Rights Watch, 2019. "Submission to UN Human Rights Committee's Review of Tajikistan", 11th June 2019. [Online]. Available at: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/11/submission-un-human-rights-committees-review-tajikistan