The protest of Tajik asylum seekers in Germany brought their relatives in Tajikistan to the departments of internal affairs, security and detention centers.
At the end of last week, on September 29, during Emomali Rahmon’s visit to Berlin, a group of Tajik asylum seekers demonstrated in front of the meeting place of Central Asian leaders with the German Chancellor .
“It’s the third day that…”
The representatives of the opposition say that after these demonstrations and throwing eggs at the car carrying the President of Tajikistan, the authorities “took off” their parents or other relatives. Including the relatives of Shohrajab Shohimi, an opposition activist.
“I asked the authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan, the security and internal affairs authorities of the city of Panjakent, what is wrong with my parents?” What is wrong with my mother and sister? Why did you arrest them? It is the third day that they are in the Panjakent detention center,” he said on October 2.
A similar complaint was made by several members of Group 24, an anti-government organization, on Facebook. According to the declaration of “Group 24”, the relatives of Dilshod Sharifov, Behruz Taghoizoda, Muhammadsobiri Abdukahhor, Husein Ashurov, Ubaidullo Saidi and other members of the organization were arrested and interrogated, some were released and the rest are still missing.
The National Alliance of Tajikistan, a coalition of four opposition organizations, in a statement called the behavior of the authorities “hostage-taking” and a crime. The statement from October 1 states that arresting the families of the opposition is a means of pressuring them to give up their political activities.
“Every person is responsible for his own actions”
The authorities did not respond to these statements. At the moment, there is no shortage of criticism of the behavior of Tajik opposition activists in Germany on social networks, who during the protest “hurled obscene insults” at the authorities and “beat an employee of the Tajik embassy in Germany inside a restaurant.”
Rights defenders consider the behavior of law enforcement agencies to be illegal. Jamshed Yorov, a Tajik lawyer living in Europe, said that there is a method of individual responsibility in Tajikistan’s legislation. That is, each person is responsible for his actions.
“Putting people to account, putting pressure on them, threatening them, this has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan, nor with any other legislation of the country. On the contrary, it is contrary to this requirement. This indicates that the government has other ways and means of ideological struggle. he does not have with the opposition,” he explained on October 2.
On the eve of the joint meeting between the leaders of Germany and the heads of Central Asian countries, the Human Rights Watch asked this European country to urge the leaders of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to respect people’s rights.
Source : Радио Озоди