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Tajik restrictions on opposition, civil society, media ‘eroding’ rights, says UN expert (10.03.2016)
An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over the increasing Government restrictions on opposition parties, civil society and the media over the past year in Tajikistan.
Tajikistan is to hold a referendum on May 22 on constitutional amendments that would enable President Emomali Rahmon to establish a presidential dynasty.
Tajikistan, Central Asia’s poorest state, is under dangerous pressure both internally and externally. President Emomali Rahmon’s 23-year rule is marred by violence, lack of accountability, corruption and mass migration.
Russia has announced that it will deploy attack and military-transport helicopters to beef up its military presence in Tajikistan amid rising insecurity in northern Afghanistan.
Tajikistan security forces on Saturday killed 13 fighters allegedly linked to a recently banned opposition party after they refused to surrender, officials have said.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have deployed troops and dispatched officials to a volatile frontier region where two days of violence highlighted combustive tensions in the borderlands of ex-Soviet Central Asia.
Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, the commander of the Tajik Interior Ministry's Special Forces singled out Tajikistan's crackdown on Islamic dress and limitations on public prayer as reasons for his radicalization.