It wasn’t clear when a deportation might happen as his lawyers seek to appeal the decision.
Poland has provided subsidiary protection to Abdurakhmanov’s wife and three young children, accepting that a threat to their lives exists in Chechnya. But it has rejected his asylum appeal on the grounds that he poses “a possible security threat” due to possible links to extremist organizations. Poland has kept its reasons classified, meaning even Abdurakhmanov doesn’t know what he’s suspected of.
Amnesty International said in its letter that it was urging Polish authorities to ensure “Abdurakhmanov’s safety, not to deport him and grant him protection, in accordance with Poland’s obligations under international human rights law.”
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen republic, and his security forces have been widely accused by international rights groups of extrajudicial arrests, torture and killings — and Kadyrov has warned that Chechens who fled abroad will pay dearly for their criticisms of his rule if they return home.
In August, another Chechen refugee, Azamat Bayduev, was deported from Poland. A day later, Bayduev was arrested and hasn’t been heard from since.
This story corrects the spelling of the Chechen blogger’s last name to Abdurakhmanov, not Abdurakhamanov.