Tajikistan

7.1 million people
870 USD GNI (PPP)
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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Freedom House calls on the government of Tajikistan to investigate thoroughly and without prejudice the beating of opposition leader Makhmadali Khait. According to press reports, Khait, the Deputy Head of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), Tajikistan’s largest opposition party, was attacked the night of April 19th near the entrance to his home in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. The perpetrators fled the scene. Khait has been hospitalized and is receiving medical care.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Elections, Freedom of Association
Regions: 
Eurasia

Repressive regimes are increasingly resorting to anti-extremism laws to crack down on political dissidents and minorities, said participants at a roundtable on Anti-Extremism Laws in Russia, Pakistan, China, and Tajikistan hosted by Freedom House and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia

Susan Corke delivered a statement on freedom of expression at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)'s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, which is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Intergovernmental Bodies, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Eurasia

Charges announced August 29 against Tajikistan’s main opposition party indicate what may be a sustained campaign to eliminate the government’s main rivals. According to the General Prosecutor of Tajikistan, the leader of the Islamic Revival Party (IRP) in the city of Khorog, Sherik Karamkhudoev, is being charged with collaboration with a local leader to conduct armed activities against the government. In announcing the charges, the General Prosecutor also described other alleged anti-constitutional activities of the IRP.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

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Special Reports

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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Muzzling the Media: The Return of Censorship in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Only a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, freedom of the press for millions of people across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has come nearly full circle. The media landscape across most of today’s CIS in some aspects differs from that of the Soviet era, but in important ways is imposing a no less repressive news media environment. Gone is all encompassing ideological state media control. Russia – and most of the countries on its periphery – today features modern methods of information control that effectively shuts off the majority of people in these lands from news and information of political consequence.

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