Human rights meeting in Tajikistan gathers government and civil society

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Some 90 participants, including government officials and civil society representatives, gathered in Dushanbe on May 30 for a meeting organized by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan to discuss human rights issues specific to the country, ahead of the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.

The Dushanbe meeting is the tenth of its kind, and this year it is focused on reviewing progress made by the Government in implementing recommendations that have been produced during these meetings. Participants discussed progress made by the Government in preventing torture and in ending gender-based violence and the way forward. They also revisited issues that still require clarity and progress such as the freedoms of association and of the media.

“What emerges from this meeting has been changing over the years. But there is always one constant: This meeting provides opportunities to strengthen co-operation between government and civil society,” said Markus Mueller, Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan.

Sharaf Karimzoda, Acting Head of the Department on Human Rights Guarantees at the Tajik President’s Office, said: “Today we will get a sense of the enormous work done by the Government and civil society in improving Tajikistan’s human rights record.”

Nigina Bakhrieva of the Nota Bene NGO, said: “This has always been a unique opportunity for government and civil society to come together. I really hope that today we will have open and frank discussions, so we can move the human rights situation in Tajikistan forward.”

The two-week Human Dimension Implementation Meeting takes place in Warsaw every autumn and is organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). It is Europe’s largest annual human rights conference, bringing together hundreds of government officials, international experts, civil society representatives and human rights activists to take stock of how states are implementing their commitments in the human dimension.

Sergey Kwan

TCA