Tajikistan: Exporting the workforce – at what price?

04/07/2011
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More than 800 000 Tajik citizens work in Russia, where they face widespread exploitation and violations of their economic and social rights. In 2002, Tajikistan ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW). FIDH seized the opportunity of the upcoming examination by the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (2012) to evaluate the measures taken by the Tajik government to defend the rights of their citizens working abroad.

From 2-9 May 2011, FIDH mandated a mission to Tajikistan to investigate the situation of Tajik migrant workers. The mission, undertaken with the participation of FIDH’s partner in Russia, ADC Memorial, met with representatives of the authorities, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, as well as migrant workers. The mission was organised with the help and support of the Tajik Bureau for Human Rights. In June 2011, FIDH also met with officials from the Tajik Embassy in Moscow.

The preliminary conclusions and recommendations of the mission were shared with participants in the dialogue between the European Union and Tajikistan, held in Dushanbe, from 26 to 27 July 2011.

Read the preliminary conclusions: Tajikistan: Exporting the workforce – at what price? Tajik migrant workers need increased protection, preliminary conclusions of an FIDH investigative mission, May 2011.

The full report will be published in September 2011.

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