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Tajik Lawmakers Approve Bill Banning Russified Surnames

DUSHANBE — Tajik lawmakers have approved a bill banning the issuance of new identification documents and birth certificates for ethnic Tajiks containing Russified surnames, the latest attempt to revive traditional names. Justice Minister Muzaffar Ashuryon said after the bill was approved by parliament’s lower chamber, the Assembly of Representatives, on April 29 that the government […]

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U.S. Lawmakers Urge Tajik Leader To End Harassment Of RFE/RL

Two prominent U.S. congressmen have addressed a bipartisan letter to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon about “continued threats” and other mistreatment of RFE/RL journalists. The lawmakers urge the Tajik authorities to let RFE/RL’s operations “continue unabated.” The April 16 letter, signed by Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat-California) and Representative Steve Chabot (Republican-Ohio), is a follow-up to a […]

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Tajik President’s Son Becomes Chairman Of Parliament’s Upper Chamber

DUSHANBE — Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s eldest son has become the chairman of the parliament’s upper chamber, known as the Majlisi Milli. Lawmakers on April 17 approved the appointment of Rustam Emomali, who is also mayor of the capital, Dushanbe. The move technically turns the president’s son into the second-highest-ranking political figure in the tightly […]

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Prosecutor Seeks Two-Year Prison Term For Independent Tajik Journalist

DUSHANBE — A Tajik prosecutor has called for independent local journalist Daler Sharifov to be sentenced to two years and four months in prison.The prosecutor made the call on April 16, a day after Sharifov went on trial on extremism charges that international media freedom watchdogs call “absurd.”Sharifov’s lawyer, Abdurahmon Sharifov, called on the court […]

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Germany Arrests Four Tajik Nationals Suspected Of Plotting Terrorist Attack

Germany has arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities. Prosecutors said the suspects — all from Tajikistan — were arrested early on April 15 at various locations in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Federal prosecutors identified the men as Azizjon […]

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Trial Begins For Tajik Journalist On ‘Extremism’ Charges Right Groups Call ‘Absurd’

DUSHANBE – A Tajik court has begun the trial of a journalist on extremism charges that international media-freedom watchdogs have called “absurd.” Daler Sharifov, who writes about domestic politics and religious issues, was arrested on January 28 on charges of inciting ethnic, racial, and religious hatred. He could be jailed for up to five years […]

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Tajik Court Sentences Jehovah’s Witness To Prison For Refusing Military Service

DUSHANBE — A military court in Tajikistan has sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to two years in prison after finding him guilty of refusing compulsory military service. The court in the capital, Dushanbe, made the ruling against 20-year-old Jovidon Bobojonov on April 2, the Jehovah’s Witnesses told RFE/RL. The trial was held behind closed doors. Tajik […]

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RFE/RL Criticizes Tajikistan’s Attempts To Interfere With Coronavirus Reporting

WASHINGTON — RFE/RL President Jamie Fly has criticized the government of Tajikistan for obstructing the efforts of the broadcasters’ journalists to cover the coronavirus pandemic in the Central Asian nation.Fly expressed frustration at the government’s attempts to interfere with the operations of the service, known locally as Radio Ozodi, at a time when information “is […]

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