Rustam Emomali, his 33-year-old son and mayor of the capital, Dushanbe, became speaker of the Majlisi Milli, the upper house of parliament, in April 2021, placing him next in line for succession. Basically, an authoritarian kingdom.
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His role in the Tajik civil war and later how he mistreated the members of IRPT and UTO is quite revealing. Just last year, he turned off the internet in the whole country for one hour, so people don’t listen to Muhiddin Kabiri, leader of the IRPT who lives in exile.
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“In 2020, Tajik authorities continued to jail government critics, including opposition activists and journalists, for lengthy prison terms on politically motivated grounds. They also intensified harassment of relatives of peaceful dissidents abroad”@hrw reports.
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“The Tajik government severely restricts freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion, including through heavy censorship of the internet.” The @hrw reports add.
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“The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) concluded that the March 2020 elections “took place in a tightly controlled environment.” Voters had no genuine political alternatives..
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as fundamental political rights and freedoms had been curbed, and “genuine opposition had been removed.” Tajikistan held presidential elections on October 11. President Emomali Rahmon was reelected for a fifth term with 90.92 percent of the vote.”
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“Conditions in Tajik prisons remain abysmal, activists regularly report on torture and ill-treatment. In August, prison authorities threatened prisoners to take them to a punishment cell if they communicated with jailed human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov,
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whose detention was deemed to be in violation of international law by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in 2019. Prison authorities had earlier attempted to make Yorov denounce IRPT in writing and its exiled leader Muhiddin Kabiri, but he refused.”
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“In January, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention released an opinion finding the detention and continued imprisonment of 11 senior IRPT members in violation of Tajikistan’s international human rights obligations and called for their immediate release.”
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It would be fair if he called back Kabiri to Tajikistan and allowed IRPT to function in the country and ensure fair elections while not silencing dissidents and make remarks on human rights and democracy.
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