UofT Researcher Seized in Tajikistan – Urgent, Sign Petition

University of Toronto Statement

We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our Ph.D. students, Alexander Sodiqov, has been detained in Tajikistan, where he has been conducting research under the auspices of a UK-based project called “Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia.” The Department joins the University in urging the relevant officials to see to it that Alex’s rights are protected.

http://politics.utoronto.ca/2014/06/21/ph-d-student-alexander-sodiqov-detained-in-tajikstan/comment-page-2/#comment-25765

University of Toronto Statement
Departmental Response
The Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto is deeply concerned about the recent detention of its doctoral student Alexander Sodiqov.  Sodiqov was detained on June 16, 2014, in Khorog, Tajikistan, where he was conducting research on civil society and conflict management. Sodiqov is a serious-minded researcher committed to improving our understanding of conflict resolution in Tajikistan and across the globe.   As Sodiqov’s professors and colleagues, we urge the relevant authorities to ensure that Sodiqov’s rights are fully respected.

Ryan Balot
Professor and Acting Chair
Louis W. Pauly
Professor and Chair
Edward Schatz
Associate Professor and Chair, UTM

See Toronto Star article: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/18/u_of_t_student_detained_in_tajikistan_accused_of_spying.html

Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.”

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

 It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

 It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

(Ottawa – June 20, 2014) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is calling on the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release a University of Toronto doctoral student detained by authorities.

 Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

 It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.

 CAUT encourages its members to add their name to the petition urging the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release Mr. Sodigov.

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

(Ottawa – June 20, 2014) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is calling on the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release a University of Toronto doctoral student detained by authorities.

 Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

 It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.

 CAUT encourages its members to add their name to the petition urging the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release Mr. Sodigov.

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

(Ottawa – June 20, 2014) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is calling on the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release a University of Toronto doctoral student detained by authorities.

 Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16.

 It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely monitoring his case. Hundreds of scholars have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s civil liberties and human rights.

 CAUT encourages its members to add their name to the petition urging the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release Mr. Sodigov.

– See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2014/06/20/caut-urges-release-of-u-of-t-researcher-detained-in-tajikistan#sthash.dE8qpblo.dpuf

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