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One-third to one-half of Tajik women are subjected to violence.
In a new report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International demands that authorities in Tajikistan properly prosecute violence against women as a criminal offense.

The report details the physical, psychological, and sexual abuse women face and urges the authorities not to dismiss it as a "private family matter."

“Women in Tajikistan are beaten, abused, and raped in the family, but the authorities tend to reflect the societal attitude of blaming the woman for domestic violence," says Amnesty's Andrea Strasser-Camagni.

"They see their primary role as mediator, to preserve the family rather than protect the woman and to safeguard their rights."

One-third to one-half of Tajik women have regularly been subjected to physical, psychological, or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or in-laws. Much of the abuse goes unreported.

Read the full Amnesty report here.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and council Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova in Gorki in February 2009
* Correction appended

Ella Pamfilova, the chairwoman of the Russian president's Council for Promoting Civil and Human Rights, has said the death in custody last week of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a "murder and a tragedy," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Pamfilova referred to Magnitsky's case during her report to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the human rights situation in the country.

Magnitsky, a lawer for the London-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital, died on November 19 in a Moscow prison after allegedly being denied medical care.

Magnitsky, 37, was in Butyrka prison awaiting trial on tax-fraud charges.

* The last sentence has been changed to correct Magnitsky's status in prison.

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