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Uphold, Reaffirm Human Rights Protections

(Berlin) – Government responses to the acute human rights challenges posed by Covid-19 across Central Asia negatively affected right to health, media freedoms, and access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021.…
Uzbek students take open-air entrance exams in Tashkent on September 2, 2020, amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
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Increasing Pressure on Families of Exiled Activists

(Berlin) – Tajik authorities in late November 2020 summoned, interrogated, and threatened family members of Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov, a Tajik activist in exile, apparently to force him to cease his online criticism of the government, Human Rights…
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Rights, Rule of Law Key in Response to Region’s Crises

(Brussels) – The European Union (EU) should set consequences if Central Asian governments fail to meet more ambitious human rights goals, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU’s response to political turmoil, such as in Kyrgyzstan, or to challenges…
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
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International Inquiry Needed

(Accra) – The families of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth and obtain justice concerning the massacre, 11 human rights organizations said today. Amid…
Families of massacre victims, in Kumasi Ghana, April 2018.
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Authorities Arbitrarily Detain Son of Political Prisoner

Update: On August 3, 2020, Khisomiddin Rozikov received a letter from the Tajik Prosecutor’s Office, dated July 30, which says that the State Committee for National Security detained Asroriddin Rozikov under Article 307.3, Part 2 of the Criminal Code…
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Sharipov Case Latest Attempt to Stifle Critical Voices

Update: On April 16, 2020, the Dushanbe Shohmansur court, sentenced Daler Sharipov to one year in prison on charges of incitement of religious discord for printing copies of a dissertation. The trial was closed to the public. Sharipov's…
Daler Sharipov. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrH1GEHu5dE. Accessed by Human Rights Watch on February 20, 2020.
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End Arbitrary Detention, Speech Restrictions

(Berlin) – Changes in the names and faces of political leaders in Central Asia have brought promises for reforms, but core human rights concerns, such as detention of critics and limits to free speech, remain urgent in all five…
An Uzbekistan cotton grower works in a cotton plantation outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019.
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Forced Return Would Violate Ban on Torture, Other Ill-Treatment

Update: On November 5, 2019, the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office rejected the Tajik request to extradite Farhod Odinaev (Berlin) – An independent journalist and political opposition activist risks torture or other ill-…
Independent journalist and political opposition activist Farhod Odinaev was detained by Belarusian border guards on September 25 on a Tajik extradition request while crossing the Belarus-Lithuania border en route to a human rights conference in Poland.
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Gaps in Government Response Put Women’s Lives at Risk

(Warsaw) – Tajikistan’s government takes little action to investigate or prosecute domestic violence cases and is doing far too little to help survivors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Despite progress in some areas…
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2018 Amnesty Should Exclude War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

Countries participating in the United Nations review of Côte d’Ivoire’s human rights record should question the government’s failure to deliver justice to victims of 2010-11 post-election abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 7…
Victims of the 2010-11 post-election crisis hold placards reading 'We claim justice, justice justice' at a gathering in the Kouassai district of Abidjan on February 28, 2013, during the International Criminal Court’s confirmation of charges hearing agains
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Political Prisoner Says Guards Beat Him, Refused Him Medicine

(Almaty) – The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said today. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic Renaissance…
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Faces Torture, Politically Motivated Prosecution

(New York) – Tajik and Russian officials arbitrarily detained and forcibly returned to Tajikistan a peaceful opposition activist while he was visiting Moscow, the Association of Central Asian Migrants, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia,…
Opposition figure Sharoffidin Gadoev at a meeting with his relatives in the presence of Tajik Interior Ministry officials in Dushanbe on February 15.
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End Political Detention, Free Expression Restrictions

(Berlin) – Central Asian leaders who are seeking greater regional cooperation and international investment to bolster economic growth should place human rights at the top of their agenda, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. In…
A Turkmen choir dressed in green, the national flag color, sings the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the world weightlifting championships.
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Forced Return Would Violate Ban on Torture, Ill-Treatment

(Moscow) – A well-known Tajik athlete faces possible torture or ill-treatment if he is forcibly returned from Belarus to Tajikistan, the Association for Central Asian Migrants, Human Rights Watch, and Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. Belarus…
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Government Should Respect Media Freedom

Update: On August 22, the Sughd regional court considered the appeal of Khayrullo Mirsaidov’s case and, while upholding his conviction, changed his jail term to a fine of 80,000 somoni (approx. $8,500) and a year of community service.…
Khayrullo Mirsaidov, a well-respected independent journalist in Tajikistan, was arrested on December 5, 2017, after publicly appealing to Tajikistan’s president about alleged local authority corruption.
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Authorities Block Activists’ Relatives from Leaving the Country

(Berlin) – Tajik security services forced an activist’s 10-year-old daughter, elderly mother, and brother off an airplane at Tajikistan on August 4, 2018, seven human rights groups said today. They were on their way to Europe to reunite with the activist…
 Tajik authorities have placed 10-year-old Fatima Davlyatova, daughter of peaceful political activist, Shabnam Khudoydodova, on a watch list and prevented her from leaving to Europe to reunite with her mother.
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Should Not Include War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

  There should be no amnesty for those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations committed in Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-11 post-election crisis, 11 national and…
A woman hides her face after recounting how pro-Ouattara forces killed two of her children and her brother during the post-election violence in Duékoué, western Côte d’Ivoire.
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Allow 4-Year-Old with Cancer to Travel Abroad for Treatment

(Almaty) – Tajik authorities should immediately lift a politically motivated travel ban and allow a critically ill child to receive lifesaving medical treatment abroad, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today…
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US, EU, OSCE Condemn Harsh Sentence

(Bishkek) – A court in Tajikistan on July 11, 2018, convicted a well-known journalist on bogus charges and sentenced him to 12 years in prison, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said. Khayrullo Mirsaidov was…
Khayrullo Mirsaidov, a well-respected independent journalist in Tajikistan, was arrested on December 5, 2017, after publicly appealing to Tajikistan’s president about alleged local authority corruption.
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Entitled to Consultation on Communal Ownership

  (Washington, DC) – A draft law before the Antigua and Barbuda Senate would deprive Barbudans of communal land where they have lived for generations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Antigua and Barbuda government should consult with the…
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