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Archive for March 1st, 2010

Kyrgyz Human Rights Defender Seeking Asylum Disappeared In Tajikistan

Posted by Info on 01/03/2010

On February 26, 2010, between 19.00 and 21.00, Nematillo Botakuziev, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, disappeared in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He was last seen by the staff of UNHCR Office in Tajikistan. Several days ago he applied through UNHCR for international protection.
The local UNHCR officer in Dushanbe has made the following comment: «This person [Botakuziev] has been registered, but a registration document wasn’t issued to him YET». Was the UNHCR TOO SLOW?

…Pressure on Botakuziev intensified beginning in October 2007, when the Kyrgyz secret services demanded a written statement from him stating that he would not participate in celebrations of the Muslim holiday. He refused to write such a statement.
Later on, Kyrgyz authorities accused Nematillo Botakuziev of organizing the protests; and then soon announced that he was wanted on criminal charges. Nematillo Botakuziev left Kyrgyzstan and applied for registration as a refugee to the UNHCR office in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Apparently Botakuziev spent the final hours before his disappearance at the UNHCR office preparing some documents.

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Turkmen Punitive Psychiatry=Punishment And Torture Without Criminal Charge

Posted by Info on 01/03/2010

Well-known names such as Durdymurat Khojamuhamedov, an opposition activist, Gurbandurdy Durdykulyev, a civic activist, Sazak Durdmuradov, a local correspondent for Radio Free Europe, and Nurmukhammet Agaev, accused of having advertised an “enemy radio station”, all were the victims of punitive psychiatry.They were later released.

It was certainly a positive step when Turkmenistan abolished the death penalty in 1999. But people who have fallen out of the grace of the regime are buried alive in psychiatric facilities and prisons in an utmost inhuman and immoral way.
The chairman of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights: today the misuse of psychiatry remains in force in Turkmenistan because it allows for punishment without the necessity of a criminal charge. It also deftly removes the troublesome individuals from society.

Drug addicts were brought in, 30-40 of them every month. They weren’t receiving treatment however and were subjected to severe beatings and torture.
Victims being forcibly injected with mind altering drugs. Such actions are a direct attack on the very solidity of the human person: when propaganda fails, the Turkmen government hopes chemicals will succeed in bending the mind and soul to its will. Of all the methods of totalitarian control, psychiatric torture is perhaps the most revealing of the distorted and narcissistic nature of such regimes.

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OSCE Mission Reports Violations During Parliamentary Elections In Tajikistan

Posted by Info on 01/03/2010

Tajikistan failed to meet many international requirements, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in a statement on Monday.
The observers said numerous irregularities took place during Sunday’s elections, including “a high prevalence of family and proxy voting and cases of ballot box stuffing.”

The polls were monitored by more than 25,000 local and about 540 international observers, representing the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The final official results will be announced within 10 days.

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Российские Следователи Вернутся К Рассмотрению Ареста Дымовского

Posted by Info on 01/03/2010

Российские следователи вновь вернутся к рассмотрению вопроса о целесообразности ареста бывшего майора Алексея Дымовского, рассказавшего в интернете о коррупции в милиции.

Руководителю следственного управления по Краснодарскому краю дано поручение дополнительно выполнить ряд необходимых следственных действий и по результатам вернуться к рассмотрению вопроса о целесообразности избранной меры пресечения“, сообщается на сайте Следственного комитета при прокуратуре РФ.

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