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Participation of the delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan at the OSCE/ODIHR

On September 10, 2018 in Warsaw, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE began its work on the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting which is attended by the delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan headed by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Nizomiddin Zohidi.

The ODIHR Director Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, the Representative of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office (Italy), the Chairman of the OSCE Permanent Council Mr. Alessandro Azzoni, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, Mr. Jacek Chaputović, heads of other OSCE structural units, as well as heads of the delegations of the OSCE participating States have addressed the meeting.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the meeting Mr. Zohidi stressed the importance of peace, stability and national unity of the people of Tajikistan for the development of the national economy and the strengthening of the state system based on the principles of social justice, ensuring human and civil rights and freedoms and the rule of law.

Mr. Zohidi noted that over the years of independence opponents of the legal, democratic and secular system in Tajikistan from the number of religious extremist criminal elements, primarily members of the terrorist and extremist organization of the Islamic Revival Party (TEO IRP), repeatedly tried to destabilize the situation in the country. However, the people of Tajikistan gave a worthy rebuff to the TEO IRP and their supporters inside the country and the inspirers from abroad. The failed attempts to destabilize the situation in Tajikistan are the result of ensuring the rule of law and order, protecting human rights and freedoms and the interests of the state and society in Tajikistan.

Noting the importance of cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and the OSCE and its institutions such as the ODIHR, Tajikistan's commitments in the overall struggle for the strengthening of peace and security and the protection of human rights and freedoms was underscored.

Pointing to the expansion of the activities of international terrorism and extremism, the activation of radical elements, the involvement of young people in the ranks of extremist and terrorist organizations and their participation in armed conflicts in foreign states, the head of the Tajik delegation stressed that often in assessing the activities and goals of individual terrorist groups, the interests of one or other forces prevail, as a result of which terrorists are divided into good or bad and thus, double standards are applied to them under the veil of human rights.

It was noted that Tajikistan has always advocated and supported the active participation of civil society at the meetings on the human dimension, but considers it inadmissible for political parties and movements accused in the OSCE states for committing serious crimes and terrorist acts to preach the ideology of violence and religious intolerance. As an example of such parties, the TEO IRP was named, whose involvement in terrorist activities in Tajikistan was confirmed by numerous evidence and testimonies.

In this regard, Mr. Zohidi called on participating States to reform existing ODIHR rules and procedures on civil society participation in human dimension meetings in order to prevent the use of the OSCE platform to advance the destructive goals of criminal elements.

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