Tajikistan urged to do more to prevent racially motivated violence

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Tajik Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (file photo 1994)

More needs to be done in Tajikistan to combat racial discrimination and prevent racially motivated violence, according to a United Nations expert.

Ion Diaconu spoke in Geneva on Thursday following the presentation of a report by Tajik authorities on what they are doing to implement a global treaty to eliminate racial discrimination.

Mr. Diaconu told the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that the Central Asian country has made important progress in passing laws and creating institutions to fight discrimination.

However, he pointed to some shortcomings in these efforts.

"There is no incrimination of incitement to racial discrimination, of acts of violence against any person or group motivated by racial features, of assistance to racial activities. The report says that the interdiction of the incitement to hatred will pre-empt such acts of violence. Nobody will guarantee that if they are not directly incriminated they will not take place. Moreover, in absence of a legal provision in the criminal code they could not be punished."

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The expert also pointed out that Tajikistan, which has over 130 ethnic groups, is a developing country with many problems, including poverty and entrenched traditions, which affect the place of women in society.

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