Follow-up – Republic of Tajikistan

Follow-up – Republic of Tajikistan

      The Special Rapporteur’s follow-up report on the mission to the Republic of Tajikistan is now available here in English and Russian. FOLLOW-UP Visit by the Special Rapporteur and the ATI Team to the Republic of Tajikistan   February 10 – 13, 2014   As part of the follow-up efforts of the Anti-TortureContinue Reading

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Torture: “Tajikistan Still Needs to Bridge the Gap Between Policies and Reality” – UN rights expert

Torture: “Tajikistan Still Needs to Bridge the Gap Between Policies and Reality” – UN rights expert

February 12, 2014 – In a press release issued at the end of his follow-up visit to Tajikistan, the Special Rapporteur urged the Government of Tajikistan to fully implement his policies for the eradication and prevention of torture and ill-treatment on the ground. Whilst expressing satisfaction that his recommendations have been taken seriously by the Government, which has made efforts to implement some of them, the Special Rapporteur also observed that the gap between policies and reality still needs to be bridged. The independent expert welcomed in particular the adoption of a National Action Plan to implement recommendations, but regretted the fact that local civil society was not consulted in its adoption or execution and noted that the Plan would benefit from greater specificity, more concrete measurable indicators, and a stricter implementation time-frame. The Special Rapporteur urged the government to continue working to ensure that improved legislation and policies result in concrete changes in practice, and highlighted a number of areas that remain of deep concern, including allegations of reprisals and a lack of adherence to non-refoulement provisions under international law. To read the read the press release, please visit the UN OHCHR website.
Special Rapporteur and ATI Team Conclude Three-Day Follow-Up Visit to the Republic of Tajikistan

Special Rapporteur and ATI Team Conclude Three-Day Follow-Up Visit to the Republic of Tajikistan

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.

United Nations – Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović Visits Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

United Nations – Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović Visits Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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.

Human Rights Council Begins Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

Human Rights Council Begins Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

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.

Freedom From Torture – Mission to Tajikistan – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez

Freedom From Torture – Mission to Tajikistan – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez

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.