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Tajik Political Activist Sentenced to 8 ½ Years in Prison

A court in Dushanbe has sentenced Nizomiddin Nasriddinov, a former activist of the Group 24 opposition movement, to 8 1/2 years in prison on a charge of making public calls to forcibly change Tajikistan's constitutional order, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported. According to an anonymous source involved in the trial, RFE/RL was informed on October 5th that the Ismoili Somoni district court delivered Nasriddinov's verdict and sentence on September 29th. The source added that the former activist pleaded not guilty. Court officials and Nasriddinov’s relatives declined to comment on the matter. The court requested RFE/RL to submit an official letter for comment. Recently, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, Freedom for Eurasia, and Freedom Now jointly urged Tajik authorities to drop what they deemed as "fabricated" charges against Nasriddinov and release him immediately. Nasriddinov was detained by Belarusian authorities in January at the request of Dushanbe when he entered Belarus from Lithuania. Subsequently, he was extradited to Tajikistan in July. Notably, Nasriddinov holds refugee status in Germany. His affiliation with Group 24, which was designated as a terrorist and extremist organization and banned in the tightly governed former Soviet republic in 2014, has been highlighted. In March 2015, the movement's founder, businessman Umarali Quvatov, was assassinated in Istanbul. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, known for his nearly 30-year firm grip on the Central Asian nation, has faced criticism from international human rights groups. They accuse his administration of disregarding independent media, religious freedoms, civil society, and political diversity. In the past year, Tajik courts sentenced seven journalists and bloggers to prison terms ranging from seven to 21 years. They were charged with spreading false information, involvement in extremist activities, and association with banned groups. Both the accused and their supporters, alongside human rights organizations, have labeled these charges as baseless and politically motivated

Relatives of Exiled Tajik Activists Arrested

As per RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, Tajik authorities have apprehended relatives of several self-exiled activists following an incident where President Emomali Rahmon's vehicle was targeted with eggs during his visit to Berlin last week. The activists said that family members of Sharofiddin Gadoev, Dilshod Sharifov, Ismoil Mahmadov, Jamshed Sharifov, Behruz Taghoizoda, and Muhammadjon Abdulloev—all affiliated with the opposition Group 24—were taken into custody over the weekend on unspecified charges. The incident involving Rahmon’s car occurred while he and leaders from four other Central Asian nations were in Berlin on August 29 for discussions with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Kazakhstan: Fugitive tycoon’s ex-lawyer says her jailed brother released

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakh businessman Iskander Erimbetov has been released from prison "due to a health condition," according to his sister, Bota Jardemalie, RFE/RL reported. Continue reading

New round of talks in Georgia

TBILISI (TCA) — On December 20, 2019 Georgian authorities made a new proposal to the opposition on the electoral reform, in order to stabilize the situation. But opposition has rejected this proposal as too rigid. "Georgia is going to fall into an international isolation if the government would not agree to the principle of fair elections," declared the statement by the so called United Opposition. The authorities have proposed the system that would have 100 members of the parliament elected on the proportional system and 50 members on the majoritarian system. So the system would be changed — with two thirds elected by proportionate system, while maintaining the mixed system with one third majoritarians. According to this proposal these constitutional changes would be made not just for the year of 2020, but for good. And this proposal is absolutely unacceptable for the opposition at this point. The initiative by the ruling coalition was voiced by Chairman of the Parliament, Archil Talakvadze. Continue reading

Kyrgyzstan: Social Democratic Party members charged with attempt to seize power

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Ministry on December 27 formally informed Deputy Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) Kunduz Joldubayeva, Parliament members Asel Koduranova and Irina Karamushkina, and SDPK member Meerbek Miskenbayev that they are suspected of attempt of forceful seizure of power, 24.kg news agency reported. Continue reading

Georgia’s precarious state

TBILISI (TCA) — According to former EU and US Ambassadors to Georgia Denis Corboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz "Georgia’s status as a post-Soviet democratic leader is under challenge. A flawed presidential election, use of force against protesters, and political manipulations by the secretive billionaire who heads the ruling Georgian Dream Party have strained public confidence and brought mounting public protests. Domestic calm may hinge on improving political dialogue and conducting free and fair parliamentary elections in fall, 2020. Continue reading

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