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Archive for September 24th, 2010

Tajikistan Launches Huge Al-Qaeda Manhunt – Violence Against Violence

Posted by Info on 24/09/2010

“Government troops launched a sweeping raid in the Rasht region, involving armoured vehicles and helicopters,” an interior ministry official said.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) on Thursday claimed responsibility for the weekend attack in the mountainous Central Asian country. “This is our response to Tajikistan’s government, which has lately shut down a thousand mosques, which arrests Muslims without any reason and prohibits women from wearing Muslim clothes,” Abdufattoh Ahmadis, IMU spokesman, said in a video address sent to Radio Liberty in the country’s capital Dushanbe. “We demand a stop to this policy. Otherwise, terrorist attacks will continue.”

Tajik officials have vowed retaliation. “We will destroy all of them. The time of forgiveness is over,” General Tokhir Normatov, chief of staff of Tajikistan’s police has said.

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ECHR: Case OF Iskandarov v. Russia (Application no. 17185/05)

Posted by Info on 24/09/2010

The case concerned Mr Mukhamadruzi Iskandarov’s complaint that he was unlawfully abducted and transferred from Russia to Tajikistan by the Russian authorities despite the serious risk he ran of being ill-treated there.

One of the leaders of the United Tajik Opposition during the 1990s, Mr Iskandarov openly criticised the President of Tajikistan some time before he moved to Russia on 11 December 2004.
Having been charged,
in Tajikistan and in his absence, with terrorism and various other offences, he was placed on an international “wanted” list … He was arrested in Russia on 9 December 2004 pending extradition, which was however refused on 1 April 2005 in view of his pending asylum application. He was released.

While taking a walk in the evening of 15 April 2005, he was approached by two men wearing traffic police officers’ uniforms, who – handcuffed him, placed him in a car and drove off. Detained and beaten overnight in a sauna in an unknown location… He was then taken to an airport, blindfolded and remained blindfolded upon landing at Dushanbe airport.

Detained under a false name …he saw his lawyer for the first time only 13 days after his arrival in Tajikistan and his meetings with him took place in the presence of prison officials. In October 2005, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He sent numerous complaints to the Russian authorities related to his unlawful detention and transfer to Tajikistan, all of which either remained unanswered or were dismissed.

The Court has found violations of Articles 3 and 5 of the Convention on account of the applicant’s unlawful extradition to Tajikistan and his unlawful detention by State agents. It finds it appropriate to award him EUR 30,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage.

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Европейский суд:Таджикский Заключенный Отсудил У России 30 000 Евро

Posted by Info on 24/09/2010

Европейский суд по правам человека вынес решение по иску таджикского оппозиционера Махмадрузи Искандарова к российским властям.

Оппозиционер, в настоящее время отбывающий заключение в Таджикистане, заявлял, что в 2005 году он был похищен на территории РФ при содействии российских силовых структур. После этого его доставили на родину, где приговорили к длительному сроку лишения свободы.

Суд пришел к выводу, что российская сторона нарушила права Искандарова, и назначил ему компенсацию в 30 тысяч евро за моральный ущерб. Были нарушены две статьи Европейской конвенции о защите прав человека: статья 3, запрещающая пытки, и статья 5, гарантирующая право на свободу и личную неприкосновенность.

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Nobel Prize Bid for Kazakhstan’s Leader of the Nation

Posted by Info on 24/09/2010

This is the third time that the country’s long-serving president Nursultan Nazarbayev has been at the center of a Nobel nomination bid.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, before which he was its top Communist Party official, is edging closer to becoming a de-facto leader for life after parliament awarded him with a new title.

This attempt comes from the Kazakh-led World Assembly of Turkic Peoples. Its chairman, Yermentay Sultanmurat, has got big plans for his president. He sees Nazarbayev as one of the world’s greatest peacemakers, fit to join the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sultanmurat can list many presidential achievements that make Nazarbayev a suitable bearer of the Nobel legacy. They include peacemaking in Kyrgyzstan, which might come as a surprise to the people of that country in the face of the bitter divisions between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities following June’s deadly ethnic clashes…
He also claims that Nazarbayev’s brainchild capital, Astana, is the “spiritual capital of the world.”

His bid follows two previous attempts to elevate the president into the ranks of Nobel winners. In 2008 two US congressmen made a bid to have Nazarbayev nominated for the prize, citing his decision to give up nuclear weapons.

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