The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, will visit Tajikistan from 9 to 20 October 2023.
During his visit, the expert will examine legislation, policies and practices affecting people belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as their effective political participation, education, access to justice and the administration of criminal justice, including hate crimes and hate speech targeting minorities.
The Special Rapporteur will meet Government officials and other stakeholders and will travel to Dushanbe and outside of the capital.
De Varennes will hold a press conference at the end of his visit to share his preliminary findings and recommendations on 19 October, Thursday, at the UN Headquarters in Dushanbe, 5/1 Lohuti Street at 14:00 local time. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.
The Special Rapporteur will present his report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2024.