Tajikistan and the UN Committee against Torture

Friday, July 4, 2008

As more than one year has passed since Tajikistan's examination by the UN Committee against Torture in Geneva, a timely moment had arrived to take stock of the progress made by the Tajik authorities to implement the UN Committee's key recommendations. For this purpose two events took place on 8-9 July, aimed at assessing the measures that still need to be taken to implement in practice several of the UN Committee's recommendations relating to the prevention of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.


8-9 July 2008
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Representative Office of OHCHR in Central Asia

UNDP Tajikistan

OSCE Centre in Dushanbe

Department for Constitutional Guarantees

Republican Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

To facilitate the implementation of the Concluding Observations of the examination of Tajikistan's initial report by the UN Committee against Torture in November 2006.

The first event took place in Dushanbe on 8 July and brought together an array of government and non-government representatives to discuss key matters such as: the criminalization of torture; ensuring access by lawyers to detainees; the right to lodge a complaint, redress and compensation; the professional training of public officials on the prohibition of torture; and the systematic monitoring of places of detention and possibilities of ratification of the OPCAT.

In contrast, the second event on 9 July was mainly organized for Tajikistan's human rights community with a view to strengthening their involvement in the challenge of implementation of the UN Committee's Concluding Observations. Two APT staff members travelled to the Tajik capital to participate in and speak at the events.

To date, these were the first national events to focus on the challenge of implementation since Tajikistan’s examination by the UN Committee against Torture in November 2006.

The seminars were designed to re-kindle debate about how the Tajik authorities can move ahead in effectively implementing key recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture. During the events the Tajik government acknowledged that there existed outstanding work to be done in this respect, even though certain reforms have already been undertaken. In contrast, Tajik civil society was more openly critical about the progress achieved so far. Nonetheless, the candid exchange of views made for an extremely useful event, which hopefully will pave the way for future progress.
Next Steps:
The APT is currently discussing future possible activities to build on these initial steps.
Contact Persons:

Matthew Pringle, Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

Vincent Ploton, Fundraising Officer