Human Rights Grants (HRG) program in Tajikistan

The Human Rights grants program will support local and international organizations working in Tajikistan on acute Human Rights issues. The program will provide cofunding opportunities to selected projects related to child rights, freedom of press, human rights in custody, prevention of gender-based violence and the rights of migrants/refugees.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Konflikt & Fragilität
Menschenrechte (inkl. Frauenrechte)
Sexuelle & geschlechterbasierte Gewalt
Weiterentwicklung von Recht und Rechtsprechung
Medien & Informationsfreiheit
01.10.2023 - 30.11.2025
CHF  2’000’000
Hintergrund The Human Rights situation in Tajikistan remains challenging with more restrictions imposed on civil society liberties after the social discords in Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast in 2022. The repressive policies and lack of sufficient support to civil society activism resulted in a shrinking space and limited opportunities for Human Rights organizations. The still-active human rights groups need further support to continue implementing their ideas in practice and for providing meaningful information about the Human Rights situation in the country to the international audience (UN bodies). 
Ziele Smaller-scale targeted contributions to ongoing projects in the field of Human Rights allow the Swiss Cooperation Office to map the actors and initiatives in this field and to identify new partnerships and entry points for a re-engagement in the Human Rights domain. 
Zielgruppen Human Rights NGOs and media organizations, International human rights organizations, UN Human Rights institutions working in Tajikistan
Mittelfristige Wirkungen
  • The results and learnings of supported pilot initiatives inform the design of a new program in the domain of Human Rights
  • The human rights situation of selected groups of vulnerable people targeted by supported projects is improved
  • Selected civil society organizations enhanced their efficiency in program management and validated their partnership capacities

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • At least five projects selected and supported on the Human Rights issues
  • Universal Periodic Review discussions held between the state and civil society organizations. Alternative report is presented by Tajik civil society organizations to UN bodies
  • Training program for the prison staff is endorsed and include the key aspects of Human Rights
  • Tajik Human Rights activists (incl. journalists) improved their capacities to undertake the professional and human rights activities

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • The first seven Human Rights treaty reports were produced by Tajikistan with support from the Swiss program from 2000 to 2006
  • The law on prevention of family violence was developed and adopted in Tajikistan with support from the Swiss program in 2013

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Various non-governmental agencies

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

Access to Justice project in Tajikistan

Civil Registry System reform project in Tajikistan

UN Spotlight Initiative, UNICEF child protection program, Internews freedom of press project, etc

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    2’000’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    405’528 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF    2’000’000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   0 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   2’000’000
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.10.2023 - 30.11.2025   (Laufende Phase)