Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family members inside the Central Asian country facing retribution for the actions of activist relatives abroad.
Events surrounding the annual human dimension implementation meeting, convened in Warsaw by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), have highlighted the issue of payback by proxy. On September 19, during the forum, supporters of political groups persecuted in Tajikistan staged a protest, holding up posters that highlighted reported abuses by the Tajik government.
Some of the dozen or so young activists also wore white T-shirts bearing images of leading figures of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) who have been languishing in jail for allegedly plotting a coup. Rights activists believe the charges to be politically motivated.
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Kamila Ibragimova is a pseudonym for a journalist working in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.