Tajikistan: Deadly Secrets (2002)

Official secrecy surrounds the death penalty in Tajikistan. The picture that Amnesty International has been able to build is incomplete, yet alarming. With random and relentless cruelty, prisoners are executed in secret after unfair trials, with no warning to their families.

According to the evidence gathered by Amnesty International, none of the prisoners sentenced to death in Tajikistan received a fair trial. Most, if not all, were tortured. Several different prisoners have given detailed accounts naming the same investigator, but no action has apparently been taken to investigate the truth of these allegations. Testimony extracted under torture has been admitted as evidence and used to condemn prisoners to death.

Relatives of death row prisoners are subjected to a form of mental cruelty. They are kept in a state of complete uncertainty about the fate of the person they love and are deprived of all rights once the prisoner has been executed.

For full 49-page Amnesty International report