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Yearbook 2012

Tajikistan. According to countryaah, the contradictions of the civil war in the 1990s again brought to mind and led to battles with many casualties in southeast Tajikistan.

2012 Tajikistan

When a regional security chief was killed in July, the regime sent special forces to the province of Gorno-Badachshan, on the border with Afghanistan. The action was directed at local warlord Tolib Ajombekov, who fought against the government in the civil war in the 1990s.

The residents of Gorno-Badachshan stood on the side of the rebels in the civil war and have remained in opposition to the Tajikist regime. The military operation was a new attempt to take control of the hard-to-reach area of the Pamir Mountains where former rebel groups are located, including Afghanistan.

Data on the number of casualties fell apart, between about 50 and 70. After a week of fighting and negotiations, and under threat of a major military offensive, the rebels were reported to have laid down weapons since being promised amnesty.

In August, rebel leader Imomnazar Imomnazarov was killed, leading to protests in Gorno-Badachshan's capital Chorogh. When protesters tried to storm a government building, police opened fire.

In August, the Supreme Court opened a lawsuit against 15 people accused of being members of a banned Islamist organization, Jamaat Ansarullah. Ten similar groups have been banned.

After negotiations during the year, the Tajikistan and Russian Federation agreed in October to extend the agreement for the Russian military base in the country by 30 years. The base is seen as a defense against militant Islamist groups and drug smuggling. In exchange for granting the base, Tajikistan receives financial assistance and President Emomali Rachmon's long-lived regime receives political support.

In October, the Ministry of Education declared that the country's universities would prohibit students from participating in seminars, courses and other collections organized by foreign and international groups.

The human rights group Amparo was banned in October by a court decision. Amparo was run by young lawyers investigating allegations of abuse and torture and guarding the rights of soldiers. According to Human Rights Watch, the decision was an attempt to silence critical voices and a major step backward for human rights in Tajikistan.

TeliaSonera's subsidiary Tcell in Tajikistan was among the Internet operators who, on the orders of the Tajikist regime, blocked users' access to certain news pages. The Tajik National Assembly in Sweden accused TeliaSonera of participating in the violation of Tajikistan's right to free and independent information.

In November, ISPs were ordered to block Facebook for their users. Authorities claimed that the decision was made at the public's request and that many complained about "dirt and slander" in social media.

In December, 131 websites were blocked, including Twitter. Opposition leader Umarali Quvatov, who formed the Group 24 opposition movement, was arrested at the end of the year in Dubai at the request of the Tajik regime. He was charged with fraud.

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