Who, Why and How exiled: Shukhrati Rahmatullo is a journalist who works for the opposition TV station "payom.net". This organisation is based out of Istanbul (Foreign Policy Centre, 2017), with most of its journalists and political activists being Tajiks living in exile (Global Advocates, 2017). Rahmatullo reports on political developments in Tajikistan, with a heavy focus on critical reports of repression in the country, forcing him in to exile to ensure his own safety (Human Rights Watch, 2016; Human Rights Watch, 2018).
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Rahmatullo's father, Rahmatulloi Rajab, is a senior leader in the IRPT, who was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment in June 2016. In December 2016, Rajab was placed in solitary confinement, tortured and beaten whilst in prison (Human Rights Watch, 2018). Rajab was informed that the beatings would only stop, if his son ceased his journalistic activities (Foreign Policy Centre, 2017; Human Rights Watch, 2016).
Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …): In December 2016, Rahmatullo's mother was summoned for interrogation by the Tajik authorities. She was informed that her son should immediately cease his journalistic activities, and prevented from visiting, or bringing her husband food packages for a number of weeks (Human Rights Watch, 2016).
Current status: Working as a journalist for "payom.net", based in Instanbul (Foreign Policy Centre, 2017; Global Advocates, 2017).
Press sources: Global Advocates (2017). Tajik Dissenters and Asylum Seekers Stopped at the Polish Border. [online] Osce.org. Available at: https://www.osce.org/odihr/343261?download=true [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018]. Human Rights Watch (2017). Tajikistan: Abuse of Dissidents’ Families. [online] Human Rights Watch. Available at: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/12/20/tajikistan-abuse-dissidents-families [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018]. Human Rights Watch (2018). World Report 2018: Rights Trends in Tajikistan. [online] Human Rights Watch. Available at: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/tajikistan [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018]. Lemon, E., Heathershaw, J. and Furstenburg, S. (2018). Tajikistan: Placing pressure on political exiles by targeting relatives - The Foreign Policy Centre. [online] The Foreign Policy Centre. Available at: https://fpc.org.uk/tajikistan-placing-pressure-political-exiles-targeting-relatives/ [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].