Tajik president urged to veto civil society law

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Session of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The president of Tajikistan has been urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, to veto amendments to a law which it believes could negatively affect the work of civil society organizations in the country.

OHCHR said the amendments could undermine legitimate human rights activities.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The amendments to the Law on Public Associations were approved by the Upper Chamber of Tajikistan's Parliament on 21 July.

They introduce a new inspection procedure for associations, without spelling out the scope or frequency of those inspections.

They also require all foreign funding received to be notified to the Ministry of Justice.

The human rights office said the amendments constitute overly broad restrictions to the right to freedom of association and run counter to Tajikistan's obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Ultimately, they could weaken human rights in Tajikistan.

OHCHR has called on the government to make sure the updated law is in compliance with international standards.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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