ALERT – UofT PHD student Alexander Sidiqov detained in Tajikistan, whereabouts unknown

2 days ago, UofT PhD student Alexander Sidiqov was detained in Tajikistan following his interview of a well-known civil society activist in the country. His whereabouts are unconfirmed. Please share widely.

Statement from Sidiqov’s supervisor, John Heathershaw:

“It is now almost 20 hours since we have heard from Alexander Sodiqov who was apparently arrested while conducting research in Tajikistan. We do not know if he has been released or remains detained.
Alexander Sodiqov, a researcher contracted by the University of Exeter, has been detained by security services whilst conducting an interview with a civil society representative in Khorog, in the eastern region of Badakhshan.
Sodiqov was conducting research for a British Economic and Social Research Council project called Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia which also involves the University of Newcastle and the NGO Saferworld. He is a citizen of Tajikistan who is a PhD student at the University of Toronto and ordinarily resident in Canada. His colleague John Heathershaw is an academic at the University of Exeter and his supervisor of the research project. The project looks at how international actors, states and civil society work to resolve conflict.
Alexander has not been heard from since his detention at 2.30pm (9.30am GMT) on Tuesday 16 June. His family and friends are very concerned for his whereabouts.”

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