SUMMARY August 01-12, 2022: More long-term sentences, Khorugh City Park nationalized
Natives of GBAO who were arrested during the crackdown since May 2022 continue to be sentenced to long prison terms, often in secret trials without legal representation and due process. See an ADC Memorial article published on August 02, 2022, and a Eurasianet article published on August 11, 2022. The abduction of activists from Russia has been covered by The Diplomat, Radio Ozodi and Vot tak.
At the same time, the authorities in GBAO continue to impose their control on society and culture. On August 02, 2022, Pamir Daily News reported that local residents in Khorugh were coerced by the authorities to perform music and dance in front of delegations. On August 10, 2022, Radio Ozodi reported that the authorities had taken over Khorugh City Park which had been gifted to the Aga Khan in 2003 and rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
The International Commission of Jurists called on the authorities of Tajikistan to ensure that detainees from GBAO were immediately guaranteed the right of access to a lawyer. ADC Memorial The Committee to Protect Journalists requested the release of journalists Ulfatkhonim Mamadshoeva and Khushruz Jumayev from GBAO. Open Democracy published an analysis of events in GBAO by researcher Suzanne Levi-Sanchez.