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Amnesty International Urges Dushanbe To End Torture

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

The London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on Tajik authorities to put an end to torture.

In a statement, the watchdog urged Tajikistan's leadership to ensure thorough, impartial, and independent investigations into all allegations of torture during detention.

Amnesty expressed particular concern over reports about delays in launching an investigation into the alleged torture of a 31-year-old Tajik citizen.

Amnesty International's researcher on Tajikistan, Rachel Bugler, told RFE/RL that her organization is concerned that while Tajik authorities pledge to stop the torture of suspects in custody to the international community, more reports emerge of alleged beatings and torture by police of individuals who were not proven guilty.

Bugler said a system in which citizens do not trust their own police force cannot function.

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