Jun 19

Political Exiles and Transnational Repression in Central Asia and Beyond

Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James‘s Square, London
Date: 20 June 2018, 9:30–13:00

This workshop at Chatham House will include academics, activists, lawyers and exiles themselves.  We are delighted to say that Muhiddin Kabiri, leader of the banned Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan, will be able to join us via video connection.

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9:30-11:00: Session 1 – The nature and scale of the transnational repression of Central Asian political exiles

  • How can new cases and patterns in extraterritorial security dynamics be characterized?
  • What is the experience of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan operating in exile?
  • How does human rights law and practice apply in the context of transnational repression?

Opening remarks:

  • James Nixey, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House


  • Saipira Furstenberg, University of Exeter
  • Maisy Weicherding, Amnesty International
  • Muhiddin Kabiri, Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT)
  • Steve Swerdlow, Human Rights Watch


  • John Heathershaw, University of Exeter

11:30-1:00: Session 2 – The international contexts and responses to transnational repression 

  • How do authoritarian states use and abuse INTERPOL?
  • What is the role of Turkey as a host and protagonist of transnational repression?
  • How have EU countries such as Poland responded to Central Asian asylum seekers?


  • Bruno Min, Fair Trials
  • Bahar Baser, University of Coventry
  • Daniel Witko, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights


  • Steve Swerdlow, Human Rights Watch

Closing Remarks:

  • John Heathershaw, University of Exeter