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      Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2017

      Announcement:

      Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2017

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is glad to announce the continuation of our Small Grants Program in support of human rights, democratization and the strengthening of civil society in Central Asia.

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      US, EU Should Consider Sanctions

      Tajikistan:

      US, EU Should Consider Sanctions

      – Tajikistan’s security services have taken new actions against relatives of at least three political activists abroad who engage in peaceful criticism of the government, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today.

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      Long Prison Terms for Rights Lawyers

      Tajikistan:

      Long Prison Terms for Rights Lawyers

      Serious Blow to Independence of Legal Profession. – A court in Tajikistan on October 6, 2016, sentenced two prominent human rights lawyers to long prison terms, Human Rights Watch, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and Association for Human Rights in Central Asia said today

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      NHC active at HDIM 2016

      HDIM 2016:

      NHC active at HDIM 2016

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was active at this years Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), which took place in Warsaw 19-30 September. Photo: OSCE/Piotr Markowski.

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      Job Vacancy Announcement

      Kazakhstan:

      Job Vacancy Announcement

      Do you want to join a small team in NHCs active office in Kazakhstan? NHC has a vacancy for an Administrative Officer at our Central Asia Office in Almaty. Deadline for applications is 24 June 2016.

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      International partners should publicly and unanimously condemn continued crackdown

      Tajikistan:

      International partners should publicly and unanimously condemn continued crackdown

      – Tajikistan’s Supreme Court sentenced leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) on June 2, 2016 to lengthy prison terms on charges of attempting to overthrow the government, Human Rights Watch, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia said today. The sentences, including two life terms, followed an unfair trial initiated in retaliation for their peaceful political opposition and reflect the government’s pervasive manipulation of the justice system and egregious violations of the right to freedom of expression.

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      Tajikistan: Free Human Rights Lawyers

      Tajikistan:

      Tajikistan: Free Human Rights Lawyers

      Respect Independence of Legal Profession: Oslo, May 3, 2016: Tajik authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four human rights lawyers and two sons of another prominent lawyer who are imprisoned or detained on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. Tajik authorities should stop harassing and targeting independent lawyers.

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      Shabnam Khudoydodova released from detention

      Tajikistan:

      Shabnam Khudoydodova released from detention

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is relieved to learn that Shabnam Khudoydodova has been freed from detention in Belarus. Ms. Khudoydodova was released in Brest on 22 February, 2016 after eight months in detention pursuant to an extradition request from Tajikistan.

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      Severe Crackdown on Political Opposition

      Tajikistan:

      Severe Crackdown on Political Opposition

      The Tajik government is arresting, imprisoning, and torturing members of the country’s peaceful political opposition, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. The government is also targeting perceived critics abroad, seeking their detention and extradition back to Tajikistan, and has forcibly disappeared critics abroad only to have them reappear in Tajik custody.

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      Opposition Activists Detained

      Tajikistan:

      Opposition Activists Detained

      Tajik authorities detained at least 13 activists of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) on September 16, 2015, Human Rights Watch, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia said today. Authorities should immediately release or, if there is credible evidence that they have committed a legitimate offence, promptly charge them and ensure due process for all the detainees, including timely access to independent counsel and contact with family members. Photo: 2013 HRW

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      Reverse Political Party Closure

      Tajikistan:

      Reverse Political Party Closure

      The Tajik government should reverse its decision to order the closure of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and allow the party to operate freely, Human Rights Watch, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia said today. Tajik authorities should also halt their ongoing campaign of harassment against the party and its members and allow independent political parties to operate freely in Tajikistan.

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      No extradition to Tajikistan

      Belarus and Moldova:

      No extradition to Tajikistan

      In two joint letters to the governments of Belarus and Moldova, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia urge them to uphold their international obligations and secure two peaceful Tajik opposition activists from extradition to Tajikistan and possible torture and other ill-treatment. Moldova and Belarus are bound by international refugee law as well as the UN Convention against Torture. They cannot lawfully return Mr. Sobir Valiev and Ms. Shabnam Khudoydodova to Tajikistan where torture remains widespread.

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      Opposition parties ousted from parliament

      Tajikistan:

      Opposition parties ousted from parliament

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee visited Tajikistan last week to gain an impression of the climate in which the 1 March parliamentary elections were carried out. With 54 out of 63 seats in parliament, the ruling party has cemented the parliament's role as merely a rubber stamp body for the president. The authorities have targeted especially the Islamic Revival Party during the last year. The state-owned propaganda machinery has attacked and discredited the party and its members, linking it to extremism and terrorism among other things. Furthermore several of the party's candidates have been disqualified on questionable grounds and its campaigning material has been blocked.

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      NHC condemns murder of Tajik opposition leader

      Tajikistan:

      NHC condemns murder of Tajik opposition leader

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was shocked and saddened to learn of the assassination of Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov, who was shot at close range by an unknown person outside his home in Istanbul, Turkey, on the evening of 5 March. Kuvatov was in the presence of his wife and children when he was killed by a gunshot to the head.

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      Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding

      Tajikistan:

      Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding

      NHC joins a number of civil society organisations from the OSCE region in protesting the recent initiative of Tajikistan’s government to regulate and restrict access of NGOs to financial assistance from foreign and international sources.

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      NHC attends the annual HDIM-meeting

      OSCE meeting in Warzaw:

      NHC attends the annual HDIM-meeting

      NHC is active at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2014 which is currently taking place in Warsaw.

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      No pluralism, no surprises

      Tajikistan Presidential Elections:

      No pluralism, no surprises

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was present in Tajikistan this week to tap the atmosphere surrounding the 6 November presidential elections, where the incumbent Emomali Rakhmon as of Thursday morning took 83,9 % of the votes. The landslide win came as no surprise, with the run-up to Election Day following a familiar formula long established in Tajikistan as well as in many of its neighboring states. -Pre-determined election results are no proof of stability. We consider that it merely reflects the lack of political pluralism in Tajikistan, said Ivar Dale, Norwegian Helsinki Committee Regional Representative in Central Asia.

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      Freedom of Religion or Belief in Central Asia

      Central Asia:

      Freedom of Religion or Belief in Central Asia

      The Freedom of Religion or Belief in Central Asia Project is part of NHC’s larger Human Rights in Central Asia program, and focuses in particular on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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      Tajikistan authorities should investigate disproportionate use of force in special operation

      Tadjikistan:

      Tajikistan authorities should investigate disproportionate use of force in special operation

      In July 2012, Tajikistani authorities used disproportional force in a special operation in the mountainous Pamir region of Tajikistan, bordering Afghanistan. Officially, the authorities were aiming to arrest criminals linked to militant forces in Afghanistan. Effectively, communications lines were cut off for a long period of time, a large number of civilians suffered in terms of property damage and injuries, and more than 22 people died. One year later, the authorities have failed to provide adequate information on the details around what happened and which legal acts are being taken to punish those involved.

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      Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

      Announcement:

      Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund for Central Asia. All organizations with project proposals related to human rights, democratization or strengthening of civil society may apply. While we are open to all good proposals, we encourage projects in Kazakhstan related to the outlying regions of the country. In Kyrgyzstan, we are particularly interested in projects addressing the basic human rights of vulnerable groups as well as legal initiatives. In Tajikistan, strengthening of the media and the rights of children is important. However, we are open to original and innovative ideas.

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      Ukraine rejects extradiction to Tajikistan

      Tajikistan/Ukraine:

      Ukraine rejects extradiction to Tajikistan

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was relieved to learn of the decision by Ukrainian authorities to respect international human rights obligations and to reject an extradition request for the former Prime Minister of Tajikistan to his home country.

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      Tajiks worldwide raise concern for violence in eastern Tajikistan

      Tajikistan:

      Tajiks worldwide raise concern for violence in eastern Tajikistan

      On 24 July central Special Forces entered the Gorno-Badakshan region (Pamir) with military personnel and equipment, including helicopters. Allegedly, the aim was to arrest the militants suspect of the murder of the local head of the KNB. However, as the day advanced, reports of civilian casualties emerged, as well as raids and shooting of schools and private homes. There was no organized evacuation of civilians before the actions started, and an information blockade followed.

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      Ukraine must not extradite Tajikistan Ex-PM

      Tajikistan/Ukraine:

      Ukraine must not extradite Tajikistan Ex-PM

      Oslo/Almaty: On 5 February 2013, the former Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Abdulmalik Abdullodzhonov, was arrested at Borispol International Airport in Kiev, Ukraine. Abdullodzhonov, who has been residing in the USA for the past 14 years, had arrived to Ukraine on private business and was detained due to his having been included on the Interpol wanted list by Tajik authorities. If extradited, Abdullodzhonov is at great risk of being subjected to ill-treatment and torture.

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      Investigate threats against Memorial Central Asia staff

      Central Asia:

      Investigate threats against Memorial Central Asia staff

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was distressed to learn of serious, anonymous threats made against the Central Asia Program Director of Human Rights Center Memorial, Vitaliy Ponomarev, on 12 January 2012 and urges Russian and Uzbekistani authorities to open an investigation.

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