▲ Up
02:54 28-11-2015
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
Police seize sex workers and men believed to be gay in Tajikistan’s new ‘morality’ campaign

Bishkek (AKIpress) - prostitute arrest Amnesty International called for Tajikistan to immediately cease a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”. Police have seized more than 500 sex workers and a number of men suspected of “homosexual behavior” since 6 June.

In a series of midnight sweeps in Dushanbe, police picked up those they suspected of sex work or other “moral crimes” – including a pregnant woman and three men suspected of being gay, the organization reports.

They were bundled into police vans and several reported being beaten by police.

“Reports of police beatings, threats, sexual violence and invasive forced medical procedures suggest the Ministry of Internal Affairs needs to address the abuses allegedly meted out by officers as a matter of urgency.”

Local rights groups say police detained around 70 people during the latest raid, on 10 June. Most were released without charge around 36 hours later. However, the fate of a further 30 who were not released is as yet unknown.

Officers forced detainees to have blood tests, and those suspected of being sex workers to undergo smear tests, physically restraining anyone who objected. Several said the officers had sexually humiliated them but did not want to give further details.

Amnesty International has received several reports of police in Tajikistan raping sex workers taken into custody, demanding sex in exchange for their release.

Several of those detained where subjected to forced testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, in violation of their human rights to privacy, bodily integrity and freedom from ill-treatment.

All those detained were fingerprinted, photographed and filmed.

Although Tajikistan decriminalized sex between people of the same sex in 1998, the Ministry has openly stated that three men were arrested because they were suspected of “homosexual behavior”.

“When authorities make arrests, they need to follow the basic elements of due process and must take every precaution to treat detainees with dignity and humanity.”

10:43 19.06.2014
17:58 Speaker of Mongolian Parliament receives Russian Ambassador17:47 Morin khuur concert to be held this weekend in Ulaanbaatar17:33 Turkish SosyalBen Association holds special training for Mongolian children17:16 Ulaanbaatar builds new kindergarten17:04 Mongolia's Khentii Got Talent 2015 kicks off today17:02 Expo for women starts next week in Ulaanbaatar17:00 President Atambayev reported on combat readiness of Armed Forces16:55 Amgalan thermal power plant opened in Ulaanbaatar16:54 New table tennis club opened in Ulaanbaatar16:52 Kyrgyz, Kazakh parliament speakers discuss migrant issues16:43 Several herders of Mongolia request loans for cattle exchange options to reach governmental forage reserves16:38 Member of Ulaanbaatar City Council publicly apologizes for defaming city mayor16:32 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia visits Switzerland16:31 Kazakh, Kyrgyz tax authorities create 2 groups for administration of indirect taxes on movement of goods16:18 Border guards of Issyk-Kul region find cache of drugs and weapons16:17 Elbegdorj vetoes resolution on changes to judicial system16:08 Arrest imposed on accounts of Huawei Technologies for overestimation of work on fiber optic link Osh-Irkeshtam for $ 2.7 million15:49 Tajik government proposes compulsory medical examination before marriage14:55 Tens of thousands of students protest in Nepalese capital14:31 International human rights organizations urge Uzbek authorities to release arrested human rights defender Uktam Pardayev
° C
° C
° C
° C
° C
exchange rates

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2015. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75