Release Uzbek Prisoner of Conscience Sanjar Umarov
Dr. Sanjar G. Umarov, a resident of Germantown, Tennessee, is a distinguished physicist, successful entrepreneur, and internationally recognized Prisoner of Conscience currently held in the Central-Asian country of Uzbekistan. Dr. Umarov founded the Sunshine Uzbekistan Coalition, an association of civil groups and intellectuals, and sought to open a dialogue with the Government of Uzbekistan about economic reforms that could dramatically improve the quality of life of Uzbek citizens. Advocating free trade and private ownership of the agricultural industry, Sunshine Uzbekistan Coalition emerged in March 2005 as a pro-democracy organization advocating economic reforms. The current Uzbek regime responded in October 2005 by arresting, imprisoning, and torturing Dr. Sanjar Umarov. Today he remains in an Uzbek prison. Recently, the U.S. representative to the Economic and Social Council of the U.N., U.S. Ambassador T. Vance McMahan, called the charges against Dr. Umarov \"unfounded\". Vitaly Krasilowsky, Dr. Umarov\'s lawyer, found Dr. Umarov naked and incoherent on the floor of his cell, substantiating the first of many to witness the grave injustices he suffers daily. Dr. Umarov has consistently endured numerous forms of torture, including 13 consecutive months in an unbearably small solitary cell and 16 consecutive months without being able to communicate with his lawyers or his family. Dr. Sanjar Umarov\'s life is under immediate threat and he is in desperate need of medical attention. Dr. Umarov\'s wife, Dr. Indira Niyazov Umarov, and her five children plead for your thoughts and prayers regarding their \"Papa\"