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Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Tajikistan

This event examining the human rights situation in Tajikistan comes after a challenging year, with COVID-19 testing the capacity and credibility of Tajikistan’s government, conflict flaring over its border with Kyrgyzstan and concern over repression of critics at home and abroad. The challenges of the last year have compounded an already difficult situation where freedoms have been increasingly restricted and human rights undermined.


This event will launch a new essay collection comprising short contributions from a range of local and international experts addressing issues including: the political situation, governance, corruption, COVID response, human rights, civil society, media freedom, rule of law, housing rights, security, nationalism, religious freedom, and women’s and minority rights. It seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the key challenges facing Tajikistan and suggesting possible ideas to address the situation.


Listen to an audio recording of the event here and you can watch the video of the event here.

When May 17, 2021 2:00pm-3:30pm (BST)

The event will take place on Zoom.


Dr Edward Lemon, Research Assistant Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service and Founder of the Oxus Society

Shoira Olimova, Community organiser and activist, International Accountability Project

Dr Parviz Mullojanov, Visiting researcher, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences – EHESS (Paris)

Dilbar Turakhanova, Independent consultant focused on gender equality issues

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, the Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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