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Hopes that new legislation will help change culture of impunity. Although Tajikistan is a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights experts say that mistreatment and abuse is still rife within the state system. Tajik law enforcement agencies commonly use torture as a way of extracting confessions, and violence is widespread in prisons and within the army....

26.04.2016 - 09:48

Sughd military prosecutor Abduqodir Nourov gave an extraordinary press conference in Khujand yesterday over the recent deadly hazing incident that took place on June 7 in military unit 04080 deployed in the city of Konibodom. According to him, the Sughd military prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the death of Private Firdavs Rahmatov. “Investigation has established that...

12.06.2015 - 15:03

An inmate of Dushanbe prison, who was held in disciplinary cell, has died of exposure to cold, Rahmatillo Zoyirov, leader of the Social-Democratic Party of Tajikistan (SDP), told Asia-Plus Thursday afternoon. “Mahmadrahim Saidov from Khatlon’s Hamadoni district was a 46-year-old inmate who died of exposure to cold,” Rahmatillo Zoyirov told Asia-Plus in an interview, noting that he received...

06.02.2014 - 15:53

The 34-year-old activist of the Islamic Revival Party (IRP) in the northern city of Isfara, Umedjon Tojiyev, has remained without defense lawyer. Ms. Fayzinisso Vohidova, who was Tojiyev’s defense lawyer, told Asia-Plus on November 5 that she is forced to refuse to represent Umedjon Tojiyev, because under the country’s legislation one lawyer cannot represent two or more persons in a criminal...

05.11.2013 - 22:24

On 9 August 2009, Lubat Burhanova was told that her son Dilshodbek Murodov had died in prison the day before, apparently of heart failure. When his body was returned to her 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...

15.08.2013 - 19:27

On 22 May, in Dushanbe I met the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and of Justice, the Prosecutor General, the Ombudsman, and representatives of civil society and the international community. I appreciated the awareness of top government officials of the challenges and shortcomings in the area of human rights. They recognised that there is a long way to go and that human rights and the...

29.05.2013 - 19:27

Relatives of some prisoners who have been transferred from penal colonies in Dushanbe and Vahdat to a penal colony in Khujand, the capital of the northern Sughd province say about severe beatings in the Khujand penal colony. On November 7, they lodged an appropriate complaint to the Prosecutor-General’s Office and came to the Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law (BHR) in Dushanbe. They...

08.11.2012 - 10:27

Tajik Ombudsman Zarif Alizoda has applied to the Prosecutor-General’s Office over the suspicion death of Hamza Ikromzoda in Dushanbe’s penal colony. According to the press center of the Ombudsman’s Office, Zarif Alizoda has expressed concern over the death of a convict in Dushanbe’s penal colony # 1 and called on the Prosecutor-General’s Office to thoroughly investigate the convict’s death...

23.10.2012 - 18:20

The head of Tajikistan's penitentiary system has been forced on the defensive following some incendiary allegations concerning the use of torture in the country's prisons.  Just days after his department had to launch an investigation into the suspicious death of Hamza Ikromzoda in a detention center in mid-September, Izzatullo Sharifov found himself having to promise another...

17.10.2012 - 16:23

The problem of use of torture against detainees and inmates in Tajikistan was among topics of this year’s OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw. In a report released at the meeting, Sergey Romanov, director of the Independent Center for Human Rights, noted on September 26 that serious violations of rights of persons charged with terrorism such as illegal detention, use of...

28.09.2012 - 09:08