The government’s persecution in Tajikistan of its domestic opposition in recent months has been relentless and systematic. Now a briefing paper issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee documents how the hunt for critics of Tajik authorities is extending far beyond the country’s borders.
The typically young and tech-savvy activists who have dabbled in online discussions about the shortcomings of President Emomali Rahmon’s administration have faced a range of reprisals, from extradition and arbitrary trials to physical intimidation and threats leveled at their families.
In one notorious case, a disaffected former Rahmon associate was gunned down in Istanbul, Turkey.
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