Banners with articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Tajik will appear in Dushanbe as part of a 12-day action to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR in Tajikistan that was launched on December 3.

The action includes a number of activities being carried out by the Civil Society Coalition against Torture and Impunity in Tajikistan (Coalition). 

Recall, beginning on December 3 during 12 days, the Coalition is citing one article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a day on its social network pages and post two comments on it by a government official and a human rights activist.

On December 4, the Coalition posted Article 2 on its social network pages – “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Besides, beginning on December 5 during 15 days banners with UDHR articles in Tajik will be placed in various areas of Dushanbe.  

The action is being held in three languages – Tajik, English and Russian. 

The action is organized under financial support of the Branch of the Open Society Institute/Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan (OSI/AF-Tajikistan), UNOCHA office in Tajikistan, UNDP Office in Tajikistan, the European Union Delegation to Tajikistan and Sigrid Rausing Trust. 

The Civil Society Coalition against Torture and Impunity in Tajikistan was established in September 2011 to consolidate the efforts of civil society to combat torture and impunity in Tajikistan.  The Coalition facilitated opening of the public debate about torture in Tajikistan and influenced positive changes within legislation policy and practice with regards to prevention and investigation of this crime, as well as provision of reparation to the victims.  .

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.