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Briefing on the implementation of recommendations issued by the UN Human Rights Committee in paragraphs 16 and 23 of its 2013 concluding observations

In paragraph 27 of the concluding observations adopted on 23 July 2013, and published on 22 August 2013 (CCPR/C/TJK/CO/2), the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee requested the authorities of Tajikistan to “provide, within one year, relevant information on its implementation of the Committee’s recommendations in paragraphs 16 and 23, (in accordance with rule 71, paragraph 5, of the Committee’s rules of procedure).”

The authorities of Tajikistan submitted follow-up information pertaining to these paragraphs in a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), dated 26 August 2014. The report was recently published on the OHCHR website.

This briefing was jointly prepared by the NGO Coalition against Torture in Tajikistan, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland) and International Partnership for Human Rights (Belgium) in February 2015, based on information provided by the NGO Coalition. The NGO Coalition against Torture in Tajikistan has closely monitored and analyzed domestic legislation pertaining to the issue of torture for many years and documented numerous cases involving allegations of torture or other ill-treatment from across Tajikistan. This document summarizes the state of implementation of the recommendations issued by the Committee under the relevant paragraphs.

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