In 2009, Lubat Burhanova was told that her son Dilshodbek had died in prison from heart failure. When his body was returned for burial she lifted the shroud to find that he had been severely beaten. Lubat believes her son died because he was tortured, and she has been campaigning for justice since.
In Tajikistan, the police and security forces frequently resort to torture and other ill-treatment to obtain confessions. Many victims of torture in pre-trial detention are left with physical and psychological injuries requiring long-term treatment, some die in custody. Those who do survive, often end up in prison after an unfair trial.