Between 26 and 28 September, 2017, Global Advocates Foundation held EU advocacy meetings in Brussels. Among discussed topics were human rights and political situation, as well as the fight against radicalization in Tajikistan and Central Asia. Invited guests were inter alia members of the moderate Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, and its Chairman Mr Muhhidin Kabiri. The IRPT is the biggest opposition political party of Tajikistan and was the only legal Islamic political party in the post-Soviet space, banned in 2015 by the authoritarian President Emomali Rahmon. The delegation met with Members of the European Parliament and EU public officials.
Preliminary observations by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye at the end of his visit to Tajikistan
Dushanbe (9 March 2015) - At the invitation of the Government, I spent the past week in Tajikistan to explore key components of the freedom of expression under international human rights law, that is, the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers and through any media.
Between 11 and 22 September, 2017, Global Advocates were present at the OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 in Warsaw, the largest human rights and democracy support conference in Europe. Among raised topics were the situation of political refugees from Tajikistan in the EU and the situation of the judiciary in Turkey. The delegation met with OSCE diplomats and public officials, as well as other civic activists.
The situation of representatives of the judiciary in Turkey
Coup d'état attempt and state crackdown
On 15 July 2016, a coup d'état was attempted in Turkey. The attempt which was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces against the rule of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and supporting government led to the massive crackdown on human rights, democratic freedoms and the rule of law in the country. Based on a state of emergency imposed by the government, more than 100 000 public officials were dismissed and 47 000 more were pre-trial detained due to the accusations of links to the movement of Fethullah Gülen, Turkish preacher and major political figure abroad, accused for alleged leading role in the failed coup attempt. Additionally, hundreds of media outlets and NGOs were closed down and journalists, civic activists and opposition politicians were detained.,
Tajik dissenters and asylum seekers stopped at the Polish border
Tajikistan - chronic stagnation and human rights abuses
Tajikistan greeted its independence, gained in 1991, with a five-year long civil war between the Kremlin-backed government and the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), in which up to 50,000 people were killed and over 10% of the population fled the country. Ever since, Tajikistan has struggled with poverty, instability and poor human rights record. In this former Soviet republic, the poorest country in Central Asia, money earned by migrants working abroad accounts for almost half of the GDP.