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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Droits de la personne
Conflit & fragilité
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
Prévention des conflits
Violence sexuelle & sexiste
Développement des systèmes légaux et judiciaires
Médias & liberté de l’information
01.10.2023 - 30.11.2025
CHF  2’000’000
Contexte 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). 
Objectifs 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. 
Groupes cibles Human Rights NGOs and media organizations, International human rights organizations, UN Human Rights institutions working in Tajikistan
Effets à moyen terme
  • 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

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 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

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • 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

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance
  • Various non-governmental agencies

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    2’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    405’528 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    2’000’000 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   2’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.10.2023 - 30.11.2025   (Phase en cours)