January 13, 2015
by Addison Morris
A court in Tajikistan on Tuesday sentenced Sukhrat Kudratov, an award-winning human rights lawyer, to nine years in prison for bribery and fraud. Kudratov, who was named human rights defender of the year in 2011 by the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, represented political official Zaid ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Torture, beatings and ill-treatment of detainees are common practice in Tajikistan, Amnesty International said in its report released on Thursday. The human rights group claimed that the country lacks measures adequately protecting detainees from abuses and ill-treatment and noted that there are ...[read more]
May 20, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez concluded his nine-day visit to the Republic of Tajikistan on Friday, stating that he was pleased with the country's recent modifications designed to aid in eradicating torture, but that mistreatment of suspects remains the norm. Mendez is especially ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by David Manes
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human... ...[read more]
November 12, 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi
A Tajikistan native held at Guantanamo Bay has challenged a federal judge's decision to suspend his habeas corpus proceedings after he was cleared for transfer to Tajikistan. Umar Hamzayevich Abdulayev alleges that Judge Reggie Walton of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ...[read more]
May 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of countries of particular concern (CPC) and adding six new countries to its watch list. The other CPC are Burm... ...[read more]
November 1, 2008
by Michael Sung
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday announced the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay detainees. One detainee was transferred to Tajikistan and one to Kazakhstan. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US desire not to hold detainees any longer than ...[read more]
August 18, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
The Supreme Court of Tajikistan Friday sentenced two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to 17 years in prison each for serving as mercenaries in Afghanistan. Mukit Vokhidov and Rukhiddin Sharopov crossed to Afghanistan in 2001 as members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; they ...[read more]
June 21, 2007
by Michael Sung
The Supreme Assembly of Tajikistan voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an amnesty proposed by President Emomali Rahmon, paving the way for Rahmon to reduce the sentences of hundreds of Islamic militants imprisoned for fighting against the government during the 1992-1997 Tajikistani Civil War. ...[read more]

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