Tajikistan: Government a No-Show at OSCE Conference
Tajikistan has declined to despatch an official delegation to attend this year’s annual rights conference in Poland held by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, thereby spurning an event heavily attended instead by the exiled opposition.
State media back home, meanwhile, prefaced the conference by warning that the authorities might be compelled to close the OSCE’s office in Tajikistan should the opposition turn up. While the fate of the OSCE office is still uncertain, officials have decided to vent their frustration on relatives of the foreign-based opposition activists.
The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, which takes place every year in Warsaw and is organized by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, started on September 11 and will run through to September 22. The meeting is viewed by rights advocates as a valuable platform for openly discussing issues of concern with representatives of their respective governments.
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