Arbitrary and intimidating arrests in Khorugh

According to a source of Russian political scientist Andrey Serenko, in recent days more than eight individuals have been arrested by police when walking in the streets of Khorugh at nighttime, subjected to torture and forced to record video statements. The source assumes that this serves the purpose of intimidating local youth and detering them from holding night vigils.
Apart from that, Serenko quotes a source according to which GBAO Governor Alisher Mirzonabot had ordered security forces to continue the pressure on public opinion and civil society in GBAO.
Radio Ozodi reported on March 11, 2022, that Iftikhor Saidbekov had been arrested and beaten by police in Khorugh. He is one of the civil society representatives (so-called "Group of 44") who were tasked to monitor the investigations into the killing of Gulbiddin Ziyobekov in Tavdem and protesters in Khorugh on November 25, 2021.

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