Shabnam Khudoydodova is free!

Shabnam Khayrulloevna KHUDOYDODOVA
was born on 20 December 1986
in the city of Kulyab of the Tajikistan SSR.
She is the mother of a daughter.
22 February 2016: a citizen of Tajikistan Shabnam Khudoydodova is release form custody in Belorussia.

We welcome the decision of the Republic of Belarus and thank the lawyers and the UNHCR mission for creating the conditions and their participation in her case. Diplomatic mission of the OSCE, the democratic community of countries and especially the United States Embassy deserve much gratitude. The US diplomats followed the fate of Shabnam Hudodoydovoy all the time and actively protected her from forcible return to Tajikistan.

On 13 June 2015, Shabnam Khudoydodova was arrested in the city of Brest of the Republic of Belarus, and spent 3 days in the Detention Centre of the Brest City Police Department of the Leninski District. The Detention Centre is located in the northern town of the city of Brest, in the basement of the Leninsky District Police Department. On 16 June 2015, Shabnam was transferred to the Detention Centre №7 (institution UZH-15/IZ-7) in Brest. On 22 February 2016, Shabnam was released from the Detention Centre №7. Currently, Shabnam Khudoydodovoya is in conditions guaranteeing her safety.

Shabnam Khudoydodova was detained for seven months at the request of Tajikistan for her extradition. Tajik authorities are persecuting her for her criticism published in social networks. She declared her support for the leaders of the political opposition in Tajikistan, who have been calling on President Rahmon for democratic reforms. Soon after that Khudoydodova was included in the wanted list of Interpol. She is forced to live abroad, because there is no work at home, and suffers because of the separation from her daughter.

In January 2015, Khudoydodova’s house was searched, her mother and all those with whom she maintained a relationship in Tajikistan were interrogated. In recent years, Shabnam Khudoydodova lived in Russia. Having learned that her abduction was being prepared in the Russian Federation, she left Russia. Around the same time, in early 2015, Shabnam Khudoydodova was included in the wanted list in Tajikistan.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia expresses its gratitude to all partners who participated in defending Shabnam Khudodoydova, namely Human Rights Watch, Norwegian Helsinki Committee - NHC, the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and many others.