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Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The UN body looked at human rights in both men's countries (file photo) (epa) November 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A UN human rights body says that although Tajikistan has made some improvements on human rights, improvements are still needed in some areas.

In a new report, the United Nations Committee Against Torture says Tajik authorities resort to pre-trial detention that can last up to 15 months, and noted a high number of deaths in custody.

The group also called on Tajikistan to guarantee the judiciary's independence.

The UN forum is comprised of 10 independent experts and monitors compliance with a 1984 treaty banning torture and other degrading treatment.

The conclusions were issued at the end of a three-week meeting, during which the committee also examined Russia's record.

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