Basic legal guarantees and remedies to protect from torture

On January 24, 2019 the Government of Tajikistan has adopted National Plan of Actions for 2019-2022 to fulfill recommendations of the United Nations Committee Against Torture. The National Plan consists of 22 paragraphs: investigation of torture cases, punishment for torture, intensification of activity of Human Rights Ombudsman in RT, basic legal guarantees and remedies, access to independent lawyer, inspection of detention places, custodial detention conditions, independent grievance mechanism, indemnification and rehabilitation, etc.

The National Plan envisages around 80 measures aimed at improvement of legislation and law enforcement practices as to prevention of torture. Implementation of the National Plan involves a wide range of state authorities, courts, law-enforcement bodies, Ombudsman institution.

So, Paragraph №5 of the National Plan: “Basic legal guarantees and remedies”

This paragraph implies the implementation of the following measures:

·         Review the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan on basic legal guarantees and remedies for persons apprehended and detained with regard to criminal and administrative cases;

·         Upgrade the professional skills of law-enforcement body officers and military servicemen, through theirs training and steadfast implementation of basic legal guarantees and remedies, and evaluate them by results;

·         Consider issues of improving a mechanism to document the detention and register the placement of a person in a detention facility;

·         Introduce the Istanbul Protocol standards in the activity of health workers.

This material has been prepared by the International Torture Victims Protection Day that is marked every year on June 26.

Torture is like a dreadful virus, and there is only one vaccine against it – public disclosure.    

Activities dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture became possible within the framework of the project “Support for anti-torture agenda and human rights groups in Tajikistan”, funded by the European Union.