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05 September 2023
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues is a thematic Special Procedures mandate of the Human Rights Council, specifically required to focus attention on minority issues globally.
The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues was established by the Commission on Human Rights in resolution 2005/79, as an independent expert. The mandate was subsequently renewed by the Human Rights Council. The Resolution 52/5 renews the mandate under the same terms.
Dr. Fernand de Varennes was appointed Special Rapporteur on Minorities Issues in August 2017 and by resolution 25/5, his mandate was extended for a period of three years more. Dr. de Varennes is Visiting Professor, Université catholique de Lyon (France), Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas (Lithuania) , and National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland) (see his full biography).
The mandate seeks to help States and other stakeholders to promote the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, to find solutions to overcome existing obstacles to the full and effective realization of the rights of persons belonging to minorities, and to promote the equal and full protection and promotion of the human rights of minorities;
The Special Rapporteur is part of a system of so-called UN Special Procedures, made up of independent experts who regularly undertake country visits around the world to report on human rights issues.
Pursuant to the Human Rights Council Resolution 52/5 and at the invitation of the Government of Tajikistan, the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues will undertake a fact-finding visit to Tajikistan from 9 to 20 October 2023.
The programme of the visit will include meetings with Government officials, federal and state institutions, as well as CSOs, activists, academics and other individuals and civil society organisations working on human rights and minority issues. The Special Rapporteur will start and conclude his visit in Dushanbe. He also intends to travel to other locations. At the end of his mission, the Special Rapporteur will debrief the Government officials on his preliminary findings. The report on the visit to Tajikistan will be presented by the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2024.
In preparation of this visit, the Special Rapporteur would like to invite all interested individuals and organizations including persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, representatives of civil society organizations, experts and academics to provide information on the human rights situation of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Tajikistan. This also includes members of the sign language community as persons belonging to a linguistic minority. More specifically, the Special Rapporteur would like to receive information on the following areas:
The Special Rapporteur will also be seeking information on other issues which may particularly impact on minorities in Tajikistan, such as any situation of statelessness in the country and how it is addressed by authorities, and the promotion and protection of the rights of religious minorities.
Reports, academic studies and other types of background materials can be attached as an annex to the submission.
Written submissions should be sent to [email protected], preferably before 5 September 2023, Tuesday, at 6pm (CEST), indicating in the subject line: Contribution for the country visit to Tajikistan.
Please limit your submissions to a maximum of 2,500 words.
All inputs will be treated confidentially by the Special Rapporteur and his team and for the sole purpose of preparing for the county visit. Please indicate however if you wish the name of your organisation be released publicly, as part of the Special Rapporteur’s report, identifying those who have provided written submissions. These inputs will then be listed in the Special Rapporteurs acknowledgements.
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The Special Rapporteur on Minorities issues thanks you for your inputs.
Input/comments may be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 5 September 2023, Tuesday, 6 p.m. (CEST).
Email address: [email protected]
Email subject line: Submission for Special Rapporteur’s visit to Tajikistan
Word limit: 2500 words
File formats: Word, PDF
Accepted languages: English and French