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One of the founders of the Islamic Renaissance Party (banned in Tajikistan), 80-year-old Zubaydullo Rozik, who has been serving a 25-year sentence since 2016, was again placed in a punishment cell.

The administration of the prison in Vakhdat punished him for violating the regime of detention in the colony and sent him to a punishment cell for 15 days. According to them, the clergyman engaged in illegal religious education among cellmates, which is contrary to the charter of the colony.

The penal block is considered as a jail in prison, and the convict there is significantly limited in his rights.

This is not the first placement of the IRPT’s veteran in the penal block. Two months ago, in July, Zubaydullo Rozik was placed there for 15 days for violating the regime of detention in the colony, but a week later he was transferred back to the cell due to a sharp deterioration in his health. In autumn 2021, Zubaydullo Rozik and another convicted activist, Rahmatullo Rajab, were placed in the punishment cell after the publication of an open letter addressed to President Emomali Rahmon, in which they again insisted on their innocence and called for their case to be reviewed in the presence of international experts and journalists.

80-year-old Zubaydullo Rozik, like dozens of other IRPT’s activists, was detained in autumn 2015 after an attempted military mutiny led by former Tajik Deputy Defense Minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda. His trial took place in 2016.

Human rights activists note that after the September events of 2015, the authorities have also persecuted relatives of the IRPT’s activists. So, in 2020, the District Court of Ismoili Somoni sentenced Asroriddin (the son of Zubaydullo Rozik) to 5 years in prison for transferring remittances received from Europe for relatives of convicted members of the Islamic party.

Source: ACCA Media

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