SUMMARY July 07, 2022: European Parliament condemned the violent crackdown in GBAO

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in GBAO. According to a press release, the resolution strongly condemned "the Tajik authorities’ violent crackdown against protesters, journalists, bloggers, lawyers and activists following demonstrations in the country’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous region in November 2021 and May 2022." It expressed the Parliament's "grave concerns at the deteriorating human rights situation in the area, while calling for an end to the repression of the local Pamiri minority and for their protection." The European Parliament urged Tajikistan "to allow international humanitarian and human rights organisations immediate and unconditional access to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province to monitor the situation, and to fully restore communications and full internet access in the region". The Members of the European Parliament demanded "that people arbitrarily detained are immediately released and all charges against them dropped" urged for "independent investigations into the violent clashes and the right to fair trials." The final text of the adopted resolution is available here.
The adoption of the resolution followed after a debate in the plenary of the European Parliament on the human rights situation in GBAO on July 06, 2022. Radio Ozodi reported about the debate in Russian.
Eurasianet published an article about the construction projects in GBAO announced by the authorities (road from Kalaikhumb to Vanj, drinking water pipes, stadium, park and university building in Khorugh) to appease the population.

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