Author: Hamit Sayin

Attacks on journalists have become a frequent occurrence in Tajikistan in recent years. Why are those responsible for attacks on journalists remain unpunished? Berlin (23/11 – 67) November 2 is the “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists”. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination in Mali of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, two French journalists, on November 2, 2013. The 2023 observance seeks to raise awareness of the main challenges faced by journalists and communicators in the exercise of their profession, and to warn of the escalation of violence and repression against them. Attacks on…

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Berlin (24/11 – 50) The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan sentenced five Pamiri leaders from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) to life imprisonment. They are Tolib Ayombekov, Nazhmiddin Sherchonov, Imumnazar Shoishirinov, Munavvar Shanbiev and Niyozsho Gulobov. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan announced their detention in June of this year, presenting everyone as “leaders of an organized criminal group in the city of Khorog” – the administrative center of GBAO. According to information from the law enforcement agency, Shanbiev and Ayombekov were among those with whom the country’s authorities signed separate agreements in October…

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At least 20 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others wounded by Israeli attacks on the besieged coastal enclave, the Hamas-run health ministry said Tuesday. “At least 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on two residential houses in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza,” the health ministry said in a press statement. In northern Gaza, dozens of Palestinians were killed and wounded on Tuesday by heavy Israeli airstrikes on the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia town, and an attack on the Kamal Odwan Hospital, the ministry added, without giving the exact numbers. Palestinian security sources and local eyewitnesses said…

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London (07/11 – 71) For ten years now, the authorities of Tajikistan have been engaged in forced assimilation of the ethnic Pamiri people, giving away the heartlands to China for debts,” Orzu M. shared with RFI – Radio France Internationale is a French news and current affairs public radio station that broadcasts worldwide. RFI met with Orzu in Paris, sharing the fact that more and more Pamiris are leaving their native homes in Gorno-Badakhshan Mountainous Autonomous (GBAO) Region of Tajikistan; they are driven into exile by the persecution of the authorities, who are displacing indigenous peoples. RFI: How did it…

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Aidana Tastanova is a Kazakhstan national and a 3rd year law student attending the Moscow State Institute of International Relations under a Kazakh government scholarship. Aitylğan sõz – atylğan oq (translation: ‘A word once spoken can never be recalled’) – Kazakh proverb On July 10, the lower house of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, the Majilis, adopted the Law ‘On online platforms and online advertising’, aimed at regulating this sphere. Everything that is illegal offline should also be illegal online – this postulate of the European Union’s law enforcement practice outlines the principles of online behavior in the best possible way. Social networks have…

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The Armenian side is working to put the infrastructure of the Margara checkpoint on the border with Turkey in order and will soon complete it. We hope that the Turkish side will also keep its word. Ruben Rubinyan, Vice speaker of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia and the latter’s Special Representative in normalization process of Armenia-Turkey relations, stated this at Monday’s press conference, when asked about the agreement reached with Turkey to open—before the beginning of the tourist season—the Armenian-Turkish border for citizens of third countries and persons with diplomatic passports. Rubinyan assured that the aforesaid process has not…

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Saudi Arabia has been named one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid to Turkey following the devastating earthquakes which left tens of thousands dead in one of the region’s deadliest ever disasters. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has thanked donors who contributed $268 million in response to the $1 billion humanitarian funding appeal for Turkey following the earthquakes, Saudi’s state news agency SPA reported Saturday. OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke confirmed that the appeal has reached 27 percent of its target and the largest donors were Saudi Arabia, the United States, Kuwait, the European Commission, and the UN…

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The construction of 332 new houses has been completed in the southwestern Kyrgyz province of Batken for local residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed during bloody clashes on the border with Tajikistan in September, the Kyrgyz government said. As villagers on both sides of the poorly defined Kyrgyz-Tajik frontier rebuild their lives and homes after violence in September that killed at least 100 people, authorities in the two Central Asian countries say they are close to finding a permanent solution to the longstanding border dispute, a legacy of their Soviet past. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov said in November –…

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New York, Brussels, Paris (15/2 – 67) Led by authoritarian head of state since the 1990s, a regime change for the people in Tajikistan might take a while. In any case, changes and growth often take too long. Especially when we are talking about the change of a commanding ruling power in the country. History recorded that power shifts happened due to factors not necessarily through any kind of violent revolution. One key factor that influences such power shifts is the role of the army in the country. Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon seems unshakeable in his presidential seat, at least…

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London, Brussels (14/2 – 17) Pu·to·ni·a /ˈpo͞otəˈnēə/ Pu·to·ni·an /ˈpo͞otəˈnēyən/ (Noun: A state of dictatorship under the self-illusion of recreating a status quo by force to impose an ideology on others) Russia was a reflective nation. This is the DNA of Russian society, it manifests itself in its culture, politics and society. There is a constant balancing of war and peace. Today, Russia is at war. War against Ukraine, war against Europe, war with itself. However, Russia has made miscalculations. First, if the Ukrainians are defeated, defeating the Ukrainians in the battlefield will lead to the downfall of Putin’s empire. The Russian winning…

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