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Agroforestry helps Tajikistan farmers overcome resource pressures
2 January 2019 - Tajikistan is a dry and mountainous country where agroforestry is helping to stabilize soils degraded by decades of monoculture farming during the Soviet era, while growing food and providing cover for wildlife. Farm sizes are generally small and the population is increasing, but farmers visited by Mongabay report multiple harvests annually with alley cropping and other environmentally friendly techniques. (more)

Meet the man who brought an entire English library to Tajikistan
22 September 2016 - Qurghonteppa was at the very edge of the Soviet Union, a dusty city in the baking plains of what is now southern Tajikistan, not far from the Afghan border. Paul Marchant is an entomologist who first came to Tajikistan in 1999 to research a project on the efficacy of mosquito nets. Initially, he started Sworde Teppa as an environmental organisation to help promote sustainable living. English lessons emerged as a sideline when it became clear that young people in Tajikistan had little option but to live in poverty at home or travel to Russia for low-paid, unskilled labour. Gradually, English lessons became the organisation's main activity. (more)

Tajikistan to free jailed rebels in mass amnesty
27 July 2011 - Tajikistan plans to release 15,000 prisoners, including some Islamist rebels who fought against the government in the late 1990s, in an amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of the Central Asian state's independence. The biggest amnesty in Tajikistan's history will set free approximately half of the country's prison population and marks a significant policy reversal after more than 150 people were jailed in 2010 for membership of banned religious groups. (more)

Tajikistan: Poll indicates increased satisfaction with country's overall situation
6 February 2010 - A recent poll conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a non-profit agency, found that 79 per cent of Tajikistan residents are either 'somewhat' or 'completely' satisfied with the current level of protection they receive regarding their political and personal freedoms as citizens. (more)

Tajikistan commits to help protect the environment of Afghan province
27 March 2006 - The country of Tajikistan has promised assistance to the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan to help restore its once green landscape. Afghani environmental specialists will travel to the region for research and assessmments. (more)

Tajikistan President: No problems in Russian-Tajik relations
27 June 2005 - Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov said that labour migration had been the only problem in relations with Russia, and that that problem had been resolved. Rakhmonov expressed appreciation for Russia's participation in bringing peace and stability to Tajikistan. (more)

Tajikistan tightens control over contacts
14 April 2005 - The Foreign Ministry ordered foreign embassies and aid organizations working in Tajikistan to report to authorities, in advance, their contacts with political and civic activists. Authorities in other former Soviet republics have also tightened controls to try to crack down on Western aid organizations, alleging they have prepared and funded the uprisings in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. (more)

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Tajikistan fails to curb abuse of women - Amnesty
24 November 2009 - The government of the Central Asian state of Tajikistan is failing to protect women from violence and abuse, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. Mostly Muslim Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan, is the poorest former Soviet republic, its economy devastated by a civil war in the 1990s. Amnesty said many girls were being denied the opportunity to receive proper education, dropping out of school early to enter marriages, often polygamous or unregistered. 'Women are being treated as servants or as the in-laws' family property. They have no one to turn to as the policy of the authorities is to urge reconciliation which de facto reinforces their position of inferiority,' Tajikistan expert Andrea Strasser-Camagni said. 'This experience of violence and humiliation in the family makes many women to turn to suicide.' (more)

Tajikistan on the road to failure
15 February 2009 - An international think tank has warned that Tajikistan will be confronted with serious economic problems leading to unrest in the country unless real changes are made soon. In a report released on 12 February entitled Tajikistan: On the Road to Failure, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said that without sweeping reforms to tackle food security, energy infrastructure, and corruption, President Emomali Rakhmon's government is in danger of collapse. (more)

Tajikistan: Poverty fuels child labour
2 May 2007 - The United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) estimates that there are 5,000 children working the streets and markets of Tajik cities to help their families. The results of a survey on child labour in Tajikistan funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and made available in January 2007 revealed that poverty is the main reason for them needing to work. (more)

Tajikistan opposition criticizes elections
27 February 2005 - Tajikistan's fledgling opposition was pitted against the powerful ruling party of President Emomali Rakhmonov Sunday in parliamentary elections. Critics accuse Rakhmonov, who came to power during the country's civil war of the 1990s, of stifling dissent. They say recent steps - such as a referendum that gave him the right to stay in power until 2020 - threaten the country's stability. (more)


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