Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
February 12, 2014 – The Special Rapporteur and the ATI team concluded a three-day follow-up visit to the Republic of Tajikistan on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. During the visit, the team met high-level Government officials, members of local civil society, and representatives from international and regional organizations to assess the level of implementation of the recommendations issued by the Special Rapporteur after his 2012 visit to Tajikistan. During a press conference at the end of the visit, the Special Rapporteur urged the Government to work towards fully implementing its policies for the eradication and prevention of torture and ill-treatment, noting that the gap between policies and practice still needs be bridged on the ground. For in-depth information about the visit, including video clips from a full-day Roundtable event that brought together an array of stakeholders for substantive discussions on the Government’s Action Plan for implementing the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations for combating torture and ill-treatment, visit our Tajikistan page.
May 23, 2013 – On May 22, 2013, the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović voiced appreciation to the Tajik government for its cooperation during the SRT’s 2012 visit. He also recognized the urgency in implementing national legislation that meets international human rights standards and discussed the importance of non-refoulement.
March 2013 – The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council began its interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez on 4 March. The Special Rapporteur presented country-specific reports on his visits to Tajikistan, Morocco, and Uruguay, and a thematic report on abusive practices in health-care settings.
February 6, 2013 – During his visit to Tajikistan, the Special Rapporteur noted positive progress with the introduction of a new criminal provision defining torture and imposing penalties for those who commit acts of torture. However, he also stressed the significant gaps in legislation that remain.
February 5, 2013 – The Association for the Prevention of Torture reported on the SRT’s country visit to Tajikstan, where he concluded that torture and ill-treatment is often practiced across the country. During his May 2012 visit to Tajikistan, where the SRT examined 17 detention facilities, the SRT found a general failure of the government to ensure detainees’ access to basic human rights such as access to a lawyer, right to be brought before a judge, and requirement to register persons held in detention. APT cited the SRT’s finding of “a pattern of incommunicado detention, the use of electric shock and of cold and hot water with the purpose of extracting confessions, incriminating other defendants or obtaining information about accomplices.”
May 21, 2012 – The Special Rapporteur on Torture expresses concerns following his visit to Tajikistan regarding the pressure imposed on detainees in order to extract confessions, employing such measures as threats, beatings, and sometimes by applying electric shock. The SRT urged the government to take a concerted effort to abolish such practices.
May 21, 2012 – Along with concerns regarding the low penalty of five years for the first offense of torture, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez expressed concern in light of the fact that the new legislation allows for the application of amnesty and other forms of mitigation. During his mission to Tajikistan, the Special Rapporteur visited temporary facilities for short-term detention and conducted unmonitored conversations with detainees. As a result of these conversations, the Special Rapporteur reported that some of the detainees experienced mistreatment when they were interrogated.
May 20, 2012 – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture expressed concern that, although pleased with the recent modifications to its penal code, the relatively low penalty for torture fails to disincentivize future acts of torture. Moreover, the Special Rapporteur called on the Tajikistan government to eliminate the use of pressure tactics on detainees to elicit confessions.
May 10, 2012 – Although Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez recognized some of the advances that the Tajik government has taken to reduce human rights violations during his mission in 2012, he concluded that significant gaps remain in legislation, policies and law enforcement practices. Physicians for Human Rights agreed with the Special Rapporteur’s conclusions and similarly identified the need to document and investigate allegations of torture.