Target: Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon
Goal: Halt unjustified arrests and human rights abuses in Tajikistan
The government of Tajikistan must stop a string of recent arrests of people accused of ‘moral crimes.’ Those who are arrested are typically sex workers and men suspected of ‘homosexual behavior.’ Several of those arrested by security forces state that the police beat them while in custody. The government claims that these arrests are meant to ensure the safety of the public, but in fact they are just violations of human rights. The government of Tajikistan must do all it can to end these discriminatory practices.
Some who were taken into custody say that they were forced to give blood, and others have stated they were forced to give samples to check for sexually transmitted diseases. Even worse, some detainees claim they were raped or sexually humiliated by the guards in exchange for their release or the promise of leniency. These acts are gross violations of international human rights regulations and should be investigated by the government immediately.
The government is not allowed to take the actions that it has against its citizens. Attempting to ‘purify’ the country through arrests and discrimination will accomplish nothing but a deterioration of rights. The Tajikistan government must follow through on its human rights obligations in order to become a stronger nation. Enforcing the government’s idea of morality upon a population will not accomplish this desire. Sign this petition to urge the government to halt the arrests of those accused of ‘moral crimes.’
Dear President Emomalii Rahmon,
The recent spate of arrests of sex workers and others accused of ‘moral crimes’ in your country is a violation of international human rights laws. Tajikistan must respect the human rights of all its citizens. Your government must investigate the allegations of police abuse made by those taken into custody. The allegations of rape in exchange for release are particularly disturbing.
Attempting to ‘purify’ the country through arrests and discrimination will accomplish nothing but a deterioration of rights. Tajikistan must follow through on its human rights obligations in order to become a stronger nation. I ask that you do all that you can in order to protect the rights of all members of society in Tajikistan.
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