Britain has denied political asylum to Uzbek dissident Jahongir Sidikov. If he’s sent back, he will be tortured. Immersion of limbs in boiling water is a favored technique. His hearing is tomorrow.
Uzbekistan has been used by the US and Britain for extraordinary rendition. Political prisoners are sent there to be tortured, as documented in former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray in his book, Murder in Samarkand.
Let’s hope enough people and organizations have made enough noise that Sidikov will not be sent back to the country which is almost certainly a model for Doonesbury’s Berzerkistan.