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UN Expert Concerned Over Freedom Of Expression In Tajikistan

The UN special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression has expressed "grave" concern over the situation faced by civil-society groups, independent media, and political opposition in Tajikistan.

In his March 10 statement, David Kayle cautioned about "the widespread blocking of websites and networks, including mobile services, by the Tajik authorities."

Kayle voiced concern over the recent ban of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, prosecution of its leaders in secret trials, and attacks on members of Group 24 and other independent politicians.

Kayle urged the Tajik authorities to release all persons detained on political grounds and ensure due process and a fair trial for those charged with serious crimes.

Kayle is to prepare a report to the UN Human Rights Council on his main findings from a recent official visit to Tajikistan.

He will also make recommendations on how to better promote the right to freedom of expression in Tajikistan.

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