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The mother of a prisoner, who died after he was allegedly beaten, demands compensation from the Penitentiary Department at the Ministry of Justice. Lubat Burhonova, the mother of prisoner Dilshodbek Murodov, has filed a lawsuit in a court in Dushanbe’s Ismoili Somoni district demanding the Penitentiary Department pay 334,000 somoni in damages for moral losses. Murodov’s family lawyer,...

19.03.2016 - 09:02

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today expressed grave concern about increasing restrictions on opposition parties, civil society and the media over the past year in Tajikistan. He also cautioned about the widespread blocking of websites and networks, including mobile services by the Tajik authorities. “The people of...

10.03.2016 - 12:01

The government’s persecution in Tajikistan of its domestic opposition in recent months has reportedly been relentless and systematic. A briefing paper issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) on February 17 documents how the hunt for critics of Tajik authorities is extending far beyond the country’s borders. Recent research by Human Rights Watch and...

18.02.2016 - 15:24

04 February 2016 – Thirty-three NGO activists, lawyers and psychologists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan participate in the training “Compensation of moral harm suffered through torture”, organized by the NGO Coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, which takes place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 3 to 5 February 2016. Dmitry Kazakov, Sergey Romanov (both from the NGO...

08.02.2016 - 15:53

Twenty-six NGO activists of the NGO Coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan and experienced anti-torture journalists participated in the training “Strategic Approaches to Public, Media and Government Relations for NGOs”, which was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 1 and 2 February 2016. The training -- organized by the NGO Coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan...

04.02.2016 - 20:03

A new high-security penal colony, which will accommodate 2,000 inmates, is reportedly being built in the Vahdat Township. An official source at Tajikistan’s Penitentiary System at the Ministry of Justice says one of Bulgarian companies has designed the new penal colony and inmates of penal colony # 1, which is located in the center of Dushanbe, will be transferred to the new penal colony in...

01.02.2016 - 11:25

Navigating the United Nations human rights system can be a challenge, particularly for countries that are relatively new to the process. This has been the case in central Asia, where most countries have ratified the majority of the core human rights treaties. In doing so, these countries have committed to report to various UN committees that monitor treaty obligations.  In addition they...

28.01.2016 - 14:01

The OSCE Office in Tajikistan, with the support of the Swiss Co-operation Office, today concluded a three-day training course on the human rights of persons in police custody and the independent monitoring of police detention facilities. The training at the OSCE Office premises brought together 30 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Office of the...

18.12.2015 - 10:45

The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) will run a training co-organized with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on human rights and monitoring on 15-16 December in Dushanbe, Tajikistan In addition to law enforcement agents from various police forces and representatives from the Home Ministry, participants will also include staff members of the...

15.12.2015 - 08:47

 Nigina Bakhrieva’s visceral sense of justice was passed on to by her parents, as she quickly demonstrated by following in the footsteps of her father – a prosecutor – in standing firmly for the rule of law. “It’s what I learned as I child, “ she says. “When I witness human rights abuses, I cannot be indifferent; I take action.” And her career could not have been more ominous. Nigina...

06.12.2015 - 20:46

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