UNODC Publishes Legal Commentary on Criminalization of Trafficking in Persons in Tajikistan

UNODC has recently published a new legal commentary to discuss the criminalization of trafficking in persons in Tajikistan. The analysis focuses on compliance of Tajikistan’s criminal legislation with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol).


The legal analysis is timely as Tajikistan’s authorities are tabling a new Criminal Code. The commentary addresses issues related to the definition of trafficking in persons, trafficking in children and sale of children.

In addition to the Palermo Protocol, the legal commentary is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, its Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and other international standards.

UNODC presented the analytical paper at a roundtable held in December 2020 together with the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Department of State. The roundtable gathered 20 government representatives, members of parliament, national human rights institutions, academics, and independent experts.

As a follow up to the roundtable and recommendations made by the participants, UNODC has shared the legal commentary with government authorities and the parliament for consideration during the development of new criminal legislation.

The legal brief was prepared within the framework of the UNODC Program for Central Asia and the project "Strengthening the law enforcement response to trafficking in persons in the Republic of Tajikistan" with financial support from US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Publication in Russian language 


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