Suhrob, Zafar

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Suhrob Zafar and Nasimjon Sharipov, senior members of the Tajik opposition political movement Group 24 were detained in Istanbul on March 19, 2018, at the request of Tajik authorities (Human Rights Watch, 2018).

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

Which stages experienced: not Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2018.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

They have been detained in Turkey in March 2018. On March 23, Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Central Asia researcher, Steve Swerdlow, told RFE/RL that Turkey's Constitutional Court had ruled to suspend their possible extradition amid concerns that they might face torture while in custody in Tajikistan (RFE/RL, 2018)

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

They have been currently held in detention centre in Turkey. Their extradition has been suspended for three months (RFE/RL, 2018).

After declaring a hunger strike September 2018 (Group 24, 2018a) Suhrob has been released by the Court of Istanbul on 2 October 2018 based on lack of evidence (Group 24, 2018b).

Press sources:

Human Rights Watch (2018). "Turkey: Tajik Activists Face Deportation. Risk Torture, Politically Motivated Imprisonment if Returned", April 13, 2018. [Online]. Available at :


RFE/RL, 2018. "Tajikistan Seeks Extradition Of Two Opposition Politicians From Turkey". 10th of April, 2018. [Online].Available at:

Group 24, 2018a Emergency! Suhrob Zafar went on Hunger Strike! Политическое движение Группа 24. Available at:[Accessed 10 Mar. 2019].
Group 24, 2018b Suhrob Zafar is released. Политическое движение Группа 24. Available at:[Accessed 10 Mar. 2019].