London, UK, October 26 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain strongly condemns the deportation from Russia of Rustam Muminov, an Uzbek asylum seeker. Muminov was deported to Uzbekistan despite an international outcry about the strong likelihood of him being tortured on his return to Uzbekistan and an injunction to stop the deportation from the European Court of Human Rights.
Uzbekistan accuses Muminov of membership of Hizb ut-Tahrir – a global Islamic party that works to establish the Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world through political work. For over five years, the Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, has been spearheading a brutal and vicious campaign against all those who speak out against his tyranny and dictatorship. Hundreds of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been killed and over ten thousand remain subject to torture in Uzbek jails. Political prisoners from Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan report that they continue to be subjected to continuous and cruel battery, anal rape, incarceration in basement cells in conditions intolerable for any human being and the injecting of different diseases, including HIV, through the use of contaminated syringes.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Putin, the butcher of Chechnya, obviously has no qualms in delivering Muslims for torture to the brutal Uzbek regime. After all, he has been spearheading a genocidal war in Chechnya and has been rounding up hundreds of Muslims in Russia for their peaceful Islamic activism. The leaders of Western governments have no moral authority to stop such brutality – after all they believe that Putin is a good man to do business with, have been relying on 'intelligence' obtained under torture in Uzbek prisons and have been outsourcing torture to the tyrants of the Muslim world."
"The Uzbek government should know that the world is watching to see if Rustam Muminov is treated like those prisoners of conscience who were murdered before him: Muzafar Avazov, Husniddin Alimov, Farhad Usmanov, Umar Aleef Hasan Irkinovich, Inogamov Usman Tursunovich, Saidaminov Nu'man, Nosirov Habeebullah, Orif Eshanov and others. Hizb ut-Tahrir will never bow its head before tyrants and will work tirelessly day and night to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate which will bring Karimov to justice before discarding him and his ilk in the dustbin of history."