EU Ambassador meets the Tajik representatives of civil society (08/07/2015)
Dushanbe, 08 July 2015 - Ambassador Hidajet Biščević, Head of the European Union Delegation to Tajikistan, met with the representatives of the local civil society. The main purpose of the meeting was to follow on the activities of the civil society in the country and to present the outcomes of the 7th EU-Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue held in Brussels on 11 June 2015.
EU side emphasized its support to the civil society in particular at this challenging period, stating that the civil society is one of the important pillars of the EU external actions.
In Tajikistan the work done by the civil society is of particular importance as the country is faced with the demanding challenge to build the society of political pluralism and national accord in the same time. "This is way I personally believe that reconciliation must be upheld, this is why seeding rifts within society could be dangerous and this is why, in my view, everybody should be working on consensus around main strategic interests and goals of the country", he said.
EU Ambassador underlined also the importance of stability, peace and dialogue in the country, for which all social and political players have responsibilities.
Hidajet Biščević underlined that stable and democratic Tajikistan is of pivotal importance for the EU in Central Asia given the numerous serious challenges and potential security concerns in the region.
He also noted that all social and political players should be fully aware of the very complex moment that Tajikistan is facing, being exposed to various challenges - from potential external security, to economic crisis and its growingly worrisome social consequences.
Ambassador Biščević particularly emphasized the need for a broad national dialogue among all sectors and segments of society. "I personally believe that in this sensitive moment nobody should politicize the crisis or try to profit from the difficulties that society is facing", he stated.
Representatives of civil society expressed their concern regarding the current relations of authorities toward the civil society, different legislation hampering their activities and human rights in general, especially regarding to the freedom of association, freedom of religion, media freedom, and other. They have also expressed their concern over general development of political climate in the country.
According to Ambassador Biščević, it is of profound importance to deal immediately and resolutely with economic and social situation in the country as potential source of dissatisfaction, discontent and exposure to radicalisation and misuse. "New economic revival drive and dynamic would open new social perspectives to the people, for the benefit of stability and development", he added.
EU Delegation and Civil Society organizations agreed that the best way to overcome potential deeper division would be by means of broad national dialogue.
The European Union, composed of 28 Member States, is the world’s biggest aid donor. Tajikistan got the main share of bilateral assistance in the Central Asian region (€66 million for 2007-2010 and 62 million for 2011-2013) in support to sector programmes, technical assistance and grants. It focuses on social protection, health and private sector development, underpinned by public finance management. Tajikistan also receives regional and thematic assistance in areas like border management and drug control (BOMCA/CADAP), education (TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus), water / environment, migration, human rights and democracy (EIDHR), non-State actors (NSA) and SME development (CA-Invest). The EU is active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 25 million annually in development assistance.
CONTACTS: Ms. Mahbuba Abdullaeva, Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to Tajikistan
Address details: 74 Adhamova Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734013
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