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Tajikistan - December 2022

Activists sentenced in secret trials

Respected journalist Ulfathonim Mamadshoeva was sentenced to 21 years in prison on 12 December on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. Mamadshoeva was one of six sentenced to similarly lengthy prison terms in the latest round of closed-door judgements stemming from the May-June unrest in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). The sentences and the ongoing broader crackdown on GBAO residents have been condemned by international and local human rights organizations and a United Nations special rapporteur.

Sources: EurasiaNet, Human Rights Watch

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