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September 2011 | Risk Summary

Tajikistan, in unison with China, Russia and Uzbekistan, has proposed a 'code of conduct' for the internet to the United Nations. The proposal would be voluntary and pledges support for 'combating criminal and terrorist activities that use information and communications technologies, including networks' and that states not 'use internet tools to carry out hostile activities or acts of aggression'. Freedom of the internet continues to be a consternation for authoritarian states concerned about maintaining a firm grip on power and social stability. While siding with regional heavyweights on this issue will likely keep Tajikistan in these countries' good graces,it does raise the potential for Tajikistan to come under increasing scrutiny from Western governments and rights watchdogs.

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