Salikhov, Umedjon

He was represented by a human rights lawyer, Buzurgmehr Yorov, who was himself recently imprisoned in connection with the political crackdown (Human Rights Watch, 2016).

Gender: .
State of concern: .
Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Group of 24.

He has been accused of being part of the Group 24 (Asia-Plus, 2015).

Which stages experienced: not Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2015.
Violence experienced: .

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

During the trial, prosecutor Abdulfattokhi Khabib alleged Salikhov had distributed extremist materials via social media, including ondnoklassniki, a Russian social networking site, Facebook, and YouTube, in which he called on young people in Tajikistan to join Group 24 (Asia-Plus, 2015). The prosecution also accused him of the crime of insulting the president, by stating that President Rahmon had sold Tajik land to China and should resign (Human Rights Watch, 2016).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

Was detained immediately on his arrival to the Dushanbe airport in October 2014 (Asia Plus, 2015).

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

Dushanbe court sentenced Umedjon Salikhov to 17 years and six months in prison on various extremism charges. (Human Rights Watch, 2016; Asia-Plus, 2015).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …):

Tajik security services threatened to prosecute his relatives in Tajikistan (Human Rights Watch, 2016).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):


Current status:

Imprisoned in Tajikistan.

Press sources:

Human Rights Watch, 2016. " Tajikistan: Severe Crackdown on Political Opposition: US, EU Should Urgently Raise Abuses", 17 February, 2016. [Online]. Available at:


Asia-Plus, 2015. "Член «Группы 24» Умеджон Салихов приговорен к 17,5 годам колонии", 4 March, 2015. [Online]. Available at: