The Homo Homini Award 2019 for Buzurgmehr Yorov

This year's human rights award Homo Homini will be presented to the prominent Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov for his commitment to defending basic human rights and to assure a fair trial to all citizens of Tajikistan. The ceremony will be held on March 5 at the opening of the One World Film Festival. The Homo Homini Award will be presented by Ukrainian director, former political prisoner and 2018 Sakharov Prize laureate Oleg Sentsov. 

“We lawyers are not responsible for the actions of our clients, we are just performing our duty. It is our duty, therefore it must be performed to the highest standard,” answered Yorov after a secret service officer asked him to be less active in defending the arrested members of Islamic Renaissance Party. 

Mr. Yorov has been promoting human rights in Tajikistan for many years despite facing severe persecution as a result of his work. He did not hesitate to defend clients who were targeted by politically motivated charges, whose cases other lawyers were not willing to take. He publicly complained in an interview that one of his clients was being subjected to torture while in pre-trial detention. As a result of doing his job, this prominent lawyer lost both his property and his freedom.  

In 2015, Mr Yorov was one of few lawyers who agreed to represent 13 members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), and was himself arrested on the same day the Supreme Court of Tajikistan labelled the IRPT a terrorist organization. Police raided both his home and legal office without a warrant. Yorov was detained and ultimately charged with forgery, fraud, “arousing national, racial, local or religious hostility” and extremism.  

Before his sentencing, Yorov read aloud an 11th century poem by a Persian poet: “Society is spoiled by a few ignorant people who believe themselves the wisest.” As a result, authorities charged him with contempt of court and he was sentenced to additional two years. 

“I am, of course, thinking about my relatives and loved ones, but first and foremost I think about 8 million citizens of my country,” said Buzurgmher Yorov. The reward will be presented to his brother, activist and lawyer Jamshed Yorov. 


Cenu Homo Homini za rok 2019 obdrží významný tádžický právník Buzurgmehr Jorov / The Homo Homini Award for 2019 will be presented to prominent Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov
The Homo Homini Award for 2019 will be presented to prominent Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov

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