UPR Submission on Sexual Rights in Tajikistan

Publication Date: 
March, 2011
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Equal Opportunities (Tajikistan), LGBT Organization Labrys (Kyrgyzstan) and The Sexual Rights Initiative submitted report on Sexual Rights in Tajikistan for the 12th Round of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2011.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new and unique mechanism of the United Nations which started in April 2008 and consisting of the review of the human rights practices of all States in the world, once every four years. For more details please visit web site .

Tajikistan: Tighter Marriage Rules

Publication Date: 
March 3, 2011
A wedding in Tajikistan. Foreigners wishing to marry local nationals now have to meet a number of legal requirements. Photo:IWPR

Changes to the law in Tajikistan making it harder for foreigners to marry locals seem to be a move to stop Afghan and Chinese nationals entering into marriages of convenience.

The amended legislation, passed at the end of January, requires foreigners to have lived in Tajikistan for a year before they can marry locals. They must also sign a prenuptial agreement committing them to provide housing for their spouse. Since foreigners can only buy property after five years’ residence, this provision seems designed to ensure the family home is registered to a Tajik national.

Interview: Forced and Arranged Marriages - Between Elucidation and Scandalizing Distortion

Publication Date: 
December 2, 2010
Dr. Filiz Sütcü questions the sensational manner in which the issue of forced marriages was brought to the public's attention.

Filiz Sütcü, a lawyer of Turkish origin, has carried out academic research into the subject of forced and arranged marriages. In an interview with Claudia Mende, she criticises the media's sensational treatment of the issue and explains that public debate is usually more about cultural and religious defamation.

Tajikistan women beaten, abused and raped in the family

Amnesty International Press release
24 November 2009