Tajikistan should mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by ratifying the Disability Rights Convention

During the Universal Periodic Review of Tajikistan’s human rights record by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 6 May 2016, over 20 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America recommended that Tajikistan ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a recommendation which was accepted by the Tajikistani authorities. One hundred local, regional and international civil society organizations and independent experts jointly issuing this statement call on Tajikistan to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on 3 December, by swiftly ratifying the Convention.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1992 to promote and draw attention to the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life. Currently, a total of 175 countries around the world are States parties to the CRPD. From the Central Asian region Tajikistan is the only country that has neither signed nor ratified the Convention.[1]

Tajikistani civil society groups providing support to and defending the rights of persons with disabilities have repeatedly raised concerns about discrimination in the areas of education, employment and health care. Ratification of the CRPD would be an important step toward ensuring that the human rights of this vulnerable group are respected and protected.

On 7 June 2017 President Emomali Rahmon signed into force the 2017-2020 National Action Plan on the Implementation of Recommendations by Member States of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Context of the Universal Periodic Review (Second Cycle), in which the Tajikistani government undertook to sign the CRPD by the end of 2017 and tasked a working group to take the necessary steps to proceed to ratification. During the May 2016 Universal Periodic Review of Tajikistan, several states also recommended acceding to the CRPD Optional Protocol, which would enable individuals to lodge complaints with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when they consider that their rights under the Convention have been violated in Tajikistan. The National Action Plan foresees studying the question of acceding to the Optional Protocol and reaching a decision by the end of 2020.

In recent years the Tajikistani authorities have taken some steps aimed at improving the situation of persons with disabilities. For example, in 2016 the Ministry of Health and Social Protection established a working group to set up a system of early diagnosis and intervention. The National Strategy for the Development of Education envisages the “gradual transfer of children with disabilities into general educational structures and taking respective measures to develop inclusive education in the Republic“ by 2030. In October 2016 the National Programme for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People (2017-2020) was adopted. In addition, the authorities provide some financial and social support to parents’ initiatives and organizations working with children with disabilities and promoting inclusion.

The civil society groups jointly issuing this statement believe that it is timely to call on the Tajikistani authorities to concretize their commitments towards persons with disabilities by swiftly ratifying the CRPD.

Tajikistani organizations:

  1. Akhtari bakht
  2. Alternative
  3. Apeyron
  4. Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities
  5. Association of Victims of Mines and Other Explosives
  6. Association of the Scientific-Technical Intelligenciya of Tajikistan
  7. Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law
  8. Center for the Support of Lonely Women “Nuri umed”, Pendjikent
  9. Committee of Parents of Children with Disabilities, Pandjikent
  10. Council of Military Service Veterans, Sughd region
  11. Dhakhonnamo
  12. Dilafruz in Khatlon Region
  13. Djakhon
  14. Federation of checkers and chess players
  15. Human Rights Center
  16. Independent Center for Human Rights Protection
  17. Information-Resource Center “Inclusion” GBAO
  18. Initiative Group Youth against Corruption
  19. Institute for the Social Rehabilitation of the Deaf “2 in the City of Dushanbe“
  20. Iroda – Initiative of Parents with Children with Autism
  21. Khayrandesh
  22. Khayrkhokhi zamon
  23. Kukhsor
  24. League of Women Lawyers
  25. League of Women with Disabilities “Ishtirok”
  26. League of Women with Disabilities “Ishtirok” in Dangara Region
  27. Legal Initiative
  28. Madad
  29. Majrukhon in the Town of Khorog
  30. Mayuboni Tavono
  31. MIR
  32. Mirror
  33. My Child
  34. Nadjibullo
  35. Nasl
  36. National Association of Disabled People of Tajikistan in Bobojon Gafurov District in Sughd Region
  37. National Association of Disabled People of Tajikistan in Djirgatil District
  38. National Association of Disabled People of Tajikistan in Lakhsh District
  39. National Association of the Blind of Tajikistan in the City of Dushanbe
  40. National Association of the Blind of Tajikistan in the Town of Khujand
  41. National Association of the Deaf
  42. National Organization of Disabled People in Baldzhuvan District
  43. National Union of Disabled People in Tajikistan
  44. New Panorama
  45. Notabene
  46. Oksana in Djalolidin Balkhi District
  47. Organization of Parents of Children with Developmental Challenges in the Town of Khujand
  48. Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities “Savob”
  49. Orzui Chavonon, Khatlon Region
  50. Office of Civil Freedoms
  51. Otifa
  52. Public Association of the Deaf “Equality”, GBAO
  53. Public Union of the Blind in the Town of Kanibadam
  54. Public Health and Human Rights
  55. Public Organization of Disabled People “Ravonbakhsh” in Khamadoni District
  56. Public Organization of Disabled People “Ravonbakhsh” in Mir Sayid Ali Khamadoni District
  57. Public Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities “Farokham”
  58. Public Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities in Bobojon Gafurov Region “Chamani orzu “
  59. Public Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities in the Town of Chkalovsk
  60. Public Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities “Laylo”
  61. Public Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities “Rushdi Inclusion”
  62. Public Organization Zarshedabonu
  63. Right and Prosperity
  64. Samokh
  65. Shifo
  66. Society of Disabled People in Bobojon Gafurov Region
  67. Society of Disabled People in the Town of Gissar
  68. Takdir
  69. Union of Chernobyl Victims in the Town of Gissar
  70. Women’s Center “Gulrukhsor”
  71. Women with Disabilities “Safoi Konibodom”
  72. World Rights
  73. Young People with Disabilities “Durnamo”
  74. Young People with Disabilities “Noil”
  75. Your Choice
  76. Zanoni Shark
  77. Djafarbek Yuldashev, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity
  78. Fazliddin Khojayev, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity
  79. Nargis Khamrabayeva, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity
  80. Oynikhol Bobonazarova, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity
  81. Ranjet Yatimov, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity
  82. Zoir Razzakov, member of the NGO Coalition against Torture and Impunity

Regional and international organizations:

  1. Amnesty International
  2. Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement
  3. Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House
  4. Bir Duino, Kyrgyzstan
  5. Center for Civil Liberties, Ukraine
  6. Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russian Federation
  7. Citizens Watch, Russian Federation
  8. Helsinki Association for Human Rights NGO Armenia
  9. Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor, Armenia
  10. Helsinki Committee of Armenia
  11. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland
  12. Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan
  13. Human Rights Matter, Germany
  14. IDP Women Association “Consent”, Georgia
  15. International Partnership for Human Rights, Belgium
  16. Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
  17. Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims
  18. Legal Transformation Center, Belarus
  19. Macedonian Helsinki Committee
  20. Moscow Helsinki Group, Russian Federation
  21. Netherlands Helsinki Committee
  22. Norwegian Helsinki Committee
  23. Public Association “Dignity”, Kazakhstan
  24. Public Verdict Foundation, Russian Federation
  25. Union women of the Don region, Russian Federation
  26. Viasna Human Rights Centre, Belarus
  27. Voice of Freedom, Kyrgyzstan

[1] Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are States parties to the Convention. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have signed it.

Read the statement in Tajik here: 2017 12 01 CRPD tj