It was the onset of winter, still in the early stages of a bloody civil war, and Aziza Saidova couldn’t imagine things getting any worse.
“It was like my world was falling apart,” Saidova recalls of those dark days in 1992, seven months into a Tajik civil war that would end up lasting five years. “My town was devastated by war, my husband had been shot dead, and at the age of 26 I was a widow with a 2-month-old baby.” [read more]
@amnesty tells @RadioiOzodi: they are calling on the authorities of #Tajikistan to ensure investigations into all allegations of torture in detention and that the alleged victims of torture and their representatives are not harassed or punished for speaking out about police abuse, days ahead of the visit by the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to Tajikistan
“We have a lot of public statements to the international community by the Tajik authorities saying they are going to take measures, concrete measures, to stop torture and ill treatment. They said this in March 2012 to the UN Human Rights Council, and so we welcome those commitments and those promises. And at the same time, we are very concerned because we get continuing reports from people who are not proven guilty, who are just suspects or who are in the wrong place at the wrong time, who are being taken into police custody, subjected to very bad torture and ill treatment.”
Amnesty International researcher for Tajikistan Rachel Bugler speaking on May 4 with RFE/RL’s Tajik Service.
You down with “VVP”? This music video from a Tajik fan has become quite a hit on Russian websites, although there’s debate about whether it’s a boon or a bust for “Godsend” Putin. (Blogger Aleksandr Plyushev has dubbed the video the “best anti-Putin video in history.”)
What do you think? Genuine admiration or crafty criticism? [Read more]
Tajik Granny Escapes Wolf’s Jaws
NAVOBOD, Tajikistan — At least six people have been attacked by wolves in southeastern Tajikistan in the last several weeks, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.
Saidnurulloeva, 89, said she walked into her yard early one morning this week to prepare for the Muslim morning prayer when a wolf attacked her, knocked her down, and dragged her for several meters…[READ MORE]
Rumors are in the air in rural Tajikistan.
Danghara, a small town of 20,000 situated in Tajikistan’s southern lowlands, may not strike most observers as a likely spot to place a national capital. But locals are pointing to the resumption of work on a grand new international airport nearby to speculate that Tajik President Emomali Rahmon – a native of the area – intends to relocate his country’s seat of power to his modest hometown…[READ MORE]
DUSHANBE — Three men have been arrested in Dushanbe in connection with the deadly New Year’s Eve stabbing attack of a man dressed as Father Frost, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.
The victim, 24-year-old economist Parviz Davlatbekov, had dressed up as Father Frost to “please people” as he went out to attend a private New Year’s party, Davlatbekov’s relatives said…[READ MORE]
This week’s photo gallery feature celebrations from across RFE/RL’s broadcast region of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which ended last week. The photos were taken by RFE/RL photographers in countries as varied as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Eid al-Adha is a three day festival marked by prayer and the ritual sacrifice of livestock — including sheep, cows, camels and goats, depending on the region. The sacrifice commemorates the prophet Abraham, who is believed to have demonstrated his obedience to God by offering the life of his son, Isaac. Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.