OPEN LETTER OF THE CHECHEN EUROPEAN DIASPORA ABOUT ABDURAKHMANOV TUMSO

Dear Sir or Madam!

It is with worry and concern that Chechens living in different countries of the world have learned that their compatriot, the well-known blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, is being illegally detained in Poland with his family, after seeking political asylum in that country. The very procedure of his asylum application, or more precisely the rejection of his application, involves violations of all legal norms. As a result, Tumso Abdurakhmanov was denied asylum on the grounds that there would be no evidence of his abduction by Islam Kadyrov. In addition, the Polish authorities see no persecution in the criminal case fabricated by Russia against Tumso and believe that this is a common law enforcement error. In the opinion of the Polish authorities, the accusations against him will be lifted if, upon his return to his homeland, Tumso will provide evidence of the innocence he has.

We urge the Polish authorities to respect Tumso Abdurakhmanov’s rights and, above all, his right to freedom, or give him the opportunity to seek asylum in another country that can provide protection. We believe that the refusal to grant asylum to Tumso Abdurakhmanov is the result of a lack of understanding by the Polish authorities of what a bad image will be given to their country if Tumso Abdurakhmanov is extradited to Russia, where he is at risk of imminent death. It is not yet late for the Polish authorities to correct this mistake.

Our deep concern for the fate of Tumso Abdurakhmanov forces us to take all possible measures to protect him and to make this case known.

Copies of this appeal will also be sent to European humanitarian organizations related to the protection of human rights, as well as to various media outlets. We ask them to take part in Abdurakhmanov’s fate and to prevent any injustice against him.

We also hope that the prudence of the Polish authorities will prevail and that Tumso Abdurakhmanov and his family will enjoy legally guaranteed rights.

Chechen Diasporas of Europe

January 2, 2018

 

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