Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bullying in Tajikistan

Bullying remains an issue for militaries around the world. Click here for the latest report from Tajikistan. An earlier report observed:
A Tajik conscript has been left with a broken neck and partial paralysis in an attack carried out by another soldier. Experts say the case highlight chronic bullying problems in the military and is likely to encourage future conscripts to evade the call-up.
The attack happened when Private Shahbol Mirzoev sought dental treatment from his border guards unit’s medical service. A medical orderly is accused of carrying out the assault following an altercation.
Tajikistan’s military prosecution has launched an investigation, but the border guards service, which does not come under the defence ministry, is downplaying the incident and the gravity of Mirzoev’s injuries, even though he has spent the last month immobile in hospital.
His future treatment has been costed at 65,000 euro, and his family do not have that kind of money. Nor, apparently, does the border guards service.
Some experts are warning that cases of this kind will deter many young men from answering the obligatory call-up, if they can get away with it.
“Cases like this occur in all military units. In recent years, military prosecutors have been bring cases in an effort to stamp out this kind of activity, but despite effort, assaults continue,”said Khurshed Rahimov, a lawyer from the non-government Office for Civil Liberties.
Rahimov’s solution is to cut the conscription period from two years to one, and impose harsher penalties for bullying in the armed forces.

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