The recent serious deterioration of the human rights situation in Tajikistan due to repressive measures taken against dissenters, as well as increased pressure on the media, civil society, and lawyers, has led to a sharp decline in freedoms and a growing atmosphere of fear among the population. The ongoing violations of fundamental rights resulted in that Tajikistan’s civic space rating was downgraded from “repressed” to “closed’’ on the CIVICUS Monitor in March 2023. In addition, since the last EU Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue took place in December 2022, there has been no accountability for serious human rights violations perpetrated in connection with the authorities’ response to mass protests that took place in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in November 2021 and again in May 2022. Reported violations include the excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions, torture and ill-treatment, extrajudicial killings, and unfair trials of dozens of people charged in relation to the GBAO events.
Prior to the annual EU-Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue, taking place in Dushanbe on 14 December 2023, IPHR has prepared two summaries of key concerns and recommendations on the issues of fundamental freedoms and torture and ill-treatment in Tajikistan. IPHR urges the EU to prominently raise the concerns documented in these briefings with the Tajikistani authorities and insist on concrete measures to put and end to documented violations.
For more information, see the two briefings below.