Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses human rights situation in GBAO

In her oral update to the UN human rights council on the activities of her Office and recent human rights developments on March 7, 2022, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, addressed the human rights situation in Tajikistan: "In Tajikistan, crackdowns continue against the political opposition. Increasing numbers of members of opposition groups have received long-term prison sentences, in trials that failed to comply with due process standards."
Apart from this general assessment, she specifically highlighted the situation in GBAO: "Violence between security forces and demonstrators in November 2021 in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region has also significantly undermined the human rights situation in the area, creating an environment of fear and repression. I deplore the continued internet shutdown in the region; such shutdowns clearly violate human rights."

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