Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
Chechens living in various European countries received with alarm and concern the news that in Poland our compatriot, the well-known blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, who sought political asylum in this country, was illegally detained with his family. The procedure for accepting his application or more precisely the rejection procedure was carried out in violation of all legal norms. As a result, Tumso Abdurakhmanov was denied asylum on the pretext that the Polish authorities did not find evidence of the words about the abduction of Tumso by Islam Kadyrov. Also, the Polish authorities do not see the prosecution in the fabricated criminal case of Russia against Tumso and believe that this is a common mistake of law enforcement agencies and suggest by returning home to provide evidence of innocence available to Tumso. According to the Polish authorities, the charges will be withdrawn.
We urge the Polish authorities to respect the rights of Tumso Abdurakhmanov and, above all, his right to liberty, or to ensure the possibility of seeking asylum in another country that can provide him with protection.
We believe that the rejection of asylum-seeker Tumso Abdurakhmanov was the result of a misunderstanding by Polish officials that this deed would disgrace their country, if Tumso Abdurakhmanov would be extradited to Russia, where inevitable death awaits him. It’s not too late to correct this certain mistake of the Polish authorities.
Our deep concern for the fate of Tumso Abdurakhmanov makes us take all possible measures to protect him and publicly disclose this case.
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.
We ask them to take part in the fate of Abdurakhmanov and to prevent injustice against him. We also hope that the prudence of the Polish authorities will prevail and Tumso Abdurakhmanov and his family will be provided with the rights guaranteed by law.
European Chechen Diasporas
2 January 2018
The letter was sent to:
/Minister of Internal Affairs of Poland
/UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in Poland
/UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
/Human Rights Watch, Geneva
/Amnesty International, Poland
/Jack Healey, Human Rights Action Center
/European Commissioner for Human Rights
/Embassy of Poland in Germany
/Embassy of Poland in Austria
/Embassy of Poland in France
/Embassy of Poland in Norway
/Embassy of Poland in Belgium
/Embassy of Poland in Denmark
/Embassy of Poland in Estonia
/Embassy of Poland in Italy
/Embassy of Poland in Finland
/Embassy of Poland in Lithuania
/Embassy of Poland in Latvia
/Embassy of Poland in Switzerland
/Embassy of Poland in the Czech Republic
/Embassy of Poland in Hungary
/Embassy of Poland in Sweden