There was an interesting new post on Tajikistan at Human Rights Watch by Syinat Sultanalieva, a researcher at HRW’s Europe and Central Asia Division. Take a look at this excerpt:
Doniyor Nabiev was just trying to help people in need. The 80-year-old man from the Rudaki region of Tajikistan had been sharing his retirement savings with the local families of political prisoners. Over several years he had passed on between $15-$30 monthly to the impoverished relatives of jailed members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, an opposition party the Tajik government banned in 2015 and declared a terrorist organization without credible evidence. Nabiev is a former IRPT member, so he knew those in jail. He had also twice received small funds from foreign-based relatives of political prisoners, which he transferred to the prisoners to help with food.
For these simple acts, the Tajik police detained Nabiev on August 27, 2020 and accused him of illegal activities on behalf of the banned IRPT.