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Army Drafters “Do Not Give a Damn About the President” in Tajikistan

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Tajikistan, Citizen Media, Governance, Human Rights, Law

In mid-February 2014, the president of Tajikistan ordered [1] [ru] that recruitment offices stop using “illegal practices” in drafting young men into the army. Blogger Rustam Gulov who has written much [2] about illegal drafting techniques in Tajikistan suggests [3] [ru] that the president's order has not really changed anything:

A lot of time has passed since the president issued the order, and we now have enough information to state confidently that army recruitment offices DO NOT GIVE A DAMN about the president and his orders… Recruitment offices have continued using [forceful drafting practices]… Moreover, violations by these offices have become more widespread.