Kyrgyzstan Detains Wife Of Tajik Opposition Activist

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Kyrgyz authorities have detained the wife of Tajik opposition activist Sobir Valiev, her family and human rights activists say.

The head of the Kyrgyz human rights organization Kylym Shamy, Aziza Abdirasulova, told RFE/RL on October 2 that Janet Khamzaeva was detained overnight by members of Kyrgyzstan's GKNB state security service.

Khamzaeva was detained upon her arrival in Bishkek from Istanbul.

Khamzaeva's detention was confirmed by her mother, Gylnara Aytalieva, who is living in Bishkek.

Valiev said his wife had traveled to Kyrgyzstan to take care of her ailing mother, adding that she was not involved in any political activity.

Valiev, who is currently living in Warsaw, Poland, criticized Tajikistan's human rights record at an OSCE conference in the Polish capital last week.

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