Author: Tahminah

Hong Kong’s government will be able to proceed with making a protest song illegal under the city’s national security laws after winning a court challenge. The High Court had last year rejected the government’s request for Glory to Hong Kong to be banned, saying it would have “chilling effects” on free speech. But on Wednesday an appeal court overturned that ruling. The move is likely to deepen concerns about freedoms being further eroded in the city. Amnesty International said the government’s ban was “as ludicrous as it is dangerous”. The US, meanwhile, said it was “the latest blow to the…

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Explanations beginning to emerge after worst terror attack in Israel’s history They might as well have been sitting ducks. They are the tatzpitaniyot, mostly female soldiers stationed on the IDF bases near the Gaza Strip, their eyes glued to security cameras and other feeds of the border. Last Saturday morning, the Hamas terrorists who entered some of those bases with hang gliders shot at cameras and jammed some communications systems. They shot at the combat soldiers who were stationed at those bases, as well as at the tatzpitaniyot. “Yes, they surprised us, and we weren’t ready for it,” said a female soldier…

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The Tajik government has recently transferred thousands of hectares of prime land to a private company that government opponents claim is controlled by a close relative of the authoritarian president, Emomali Rahmon.RFE/RL’s Tajik Service obtained a copy of an official document signed by Rahmon on November 29 that grants temporary ownership of the land to the Ismoili Somoni Holding Company.According to the government’s business registry, the head of the holding company is Rahmatullo Asadulloevich Sadulloev, whom the president’s critics have identified as one of Rahmon’s brothers-in-law.RFE/RL has contacted the Tajik authorities for comment but had not received a response at the time…

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“Group 24”, an organization banned in Tajikistan, announced in a statement about the extradition of Bilal Qurbanaliev, an arrested member of this group, to Dushanbe. Qurbanaliev was arrested in October this year for violating the rules of residence in Germany. On December 8, the representatives of “Group-24” said in a statement that the deportation center of the German Ministry of Migration in the city of HOF on November 24 extradited Bilol Qurbanaliev to Tajikistan. The decision to extradite him was issued on the same day, and on November 27, it reached the hands of his defense attorney. According to the information…

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The American Embassy in Dushanbe invited Tajik youth to study abroad. Maqsuda Hakimzoda, a student from Hisar, who participated in the International Education Week exhibition in Dushanbe, said that she came here to choose a good university abroad. “I am very happy to see this exhibition up close today. We got many things from this exhibition, like many books. They gave us many suggestions about studying in other countries. I want to study abroad, today we were offered here that if you want, we will support you to study abroad,” he said. International education week will be held in Dushanbe for the 17th…

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In a fight between Alisher Gulov, the son of Sherali Gul, the former Minister of Industry and Energy, and Sherdil Sirojov, the son of a businessman and the owner of the former “Jal-Jam” market, five people were injured from both sides. The incident happened around 3 o’clock in the morning on November 30 in the entertainment center “Bukhara Palace” in Dushanbe. Two sources of Radio Ozodi in Dushanbe law enforcement authorities said on December 1 that both parties were drunk and it is not yet clear whose fault the fight started. “The incident is being investigated by Ismail Somoni’s Ministry…

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Frankfurt (18/12 – 14) That there are remarkable advantages in being ignored is not generally recognized. Central Asian countries, historically under the thumb of Moscow, all through the 70+ years of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, were more or less cut off from the outside world. There was little trade or other exchange. The USSR was in fact a grab-bag of ethnicities, religions and languages, controlled with an iron fist by Stalin and afterwards with unbroken dominance through subsequent regimes. Under Soviet management, Central Asia had stayed poor and ignored; it had not developed any hydrocarbon resources to lure…

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Copenhagen (14/11 – 40) The massive mobilization and sustained pressure jolted the Sri Lankan presidency of the previously all-powerful Gotabaya Rajapaksa, prompted mass resignations from the government at the time, and solidified existing spaces and created new spaces for dissent and discussions on much-needed reforms. Sri Lanka is facing an exceptional political and economic crisis that has sparked months-long protests across the country. The new leadership under President Ranil Wickremesinghe struggles with the economic situation and seemingly failed to uphold basic human rights and pursue accountability for grave crimes towards the people of Sri Lanka. Despite troubling trends of authoritarianism,…

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Hundreds of migrant workers from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, some of whom are accused of illegal residence, have been wandering in front of the Saryogoch Court in the Turkestan region of Kazakhstan for a week.  They say that they wear thin clothes and spend the night on the street and eat there. A 35-year-old woman from Tajikistan told the reporter of the Kazakh branch of Radio Ozodi that since 2012, she had been cleaning streets and houses, washing pots and pans and floors in Almaty, and she lived on this account. In August of this year, his registration expired, but due…

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Berlin (25/11 – 90) Eight United Nations experts are awaiting a response from Tajik authorities to a letter expressing concern about the fate of convicted journalists and civil activists. UN experts and special rapporteurs in their letter demanded an explanation from Dushanbe regarding reports of gross violations of the rights of nine convicted journalists and bloggers, as well as civil activists. The letter dated 12 May 2023, is published here. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor has visited Tajikistan earlier to address the human rights violations in the country. In their appeal, which UN experts…

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