SUMMARY June 28-30, 2022: Harsh prison sentences against detained activists
Pamir Daily News reported that after the crackdown on civil society in GBAO, the authorities were pretending to work actively on the development of the region. A Eurasianet article drew attention to the chronological nexus between the crackdown in GBAO and the beginning of the rehabilitation of part of the road between Dushanbe and Khorugh with Chinese funding.
The first of those detained in the framework of the purges in Khorugh in May and June 2022 have been sentenced harshly to long prison terms: On June 26, 2022, Tutiyo Amirshoev was sentenced to eight years in prison. He is the cousion of Tutisho Amirshoev, one of the protesters killed by security forces in Khorugh on November 25, 2021. On June 29, 2022, Khujamir Pirnazarov and Shaftolu Bekdavlatov were sentenced to 18 years in prison. Both had been representatives of civil society in the "Commission of 44". The sports trainer Komron Mamadnazarov, who had been detained during the purge in UPD on June 12, was sentenced to five years in prison.
The transnational repression is continuing. Jonibek Chorshanbiev and Muslim Navruzov from Khorugh, who had published video statements after the November 2021 protests in Khorugh and had recently been detained in Moscow, were deported to Tajikistan and accused of appeals to violently change the constitutional order.
On June 29, 2022, the human rights organization Front Line Defenders in a statement expressed its grave concerns about the detention of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in GBAO, specifically addressing the cases of Ulfatkhonim Mamadshoeva and Manuchehr Kholiknazarov.