Tajikistan is in the midst of its most dire human rights crisis in 20 years. Over the past years, authorities have arrested, imprisoned, and tortured opposition party members and banned as terrorist the country’s leading opposition party. The authorities have also arrested scores of lawyers, journalists, and anyone posting statements critical of the government on social media.
“Governments and organizations should denounce the worsening human rights crisis inTajikistan”, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki say. “Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The United States and the European Union, as well as the United Nations and the OSCE, should press for targeted sanctions absent immediate reform.”
While hundreds of activists have fled the country, the government of Tajikistan has targeted perceived critics abroad, seeking their arrest and extradition back to the country. Some critics abducted abroad have reappeared in Tajik custody. Many young activists simply disappeared during the last couple of years, and it won’t get any better soon if the US and EU don’t interfere.
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