Saturday, July 21, 2018

Tajik Ombudsman visits Sverdlovsk region

Zarif Alizoda, Tajikistan's commissioner for human rights, is visiting the Sverdlovsk region this week as part of a campaign to protect the rights of migrant workers.

Alizoda is visiting as a part of the Swiss-funded project to train the staff of the Sverdlovsk region to take steps to improve the rights of workers, reports.

"This trip is a part of the project on Capacity Building of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tajikistan in the field of protection of the rights of migrant workers implemented by the Center for Human Rights," Alizoda's office said, according to

Alizoda will meet with officers from Tajikistan's immigration service, as well as with a consulate of the Sverdlovsk region of Russia. The commissioners will also have a change to talk to Tajik labor migrants at their workplaces.

"The delegation will also hold a round table discussion with human rights state organizations and NGOs, media and Tajikistan diaspora to discuss cooperation perspectives, and issues of protection of rights of labor migrants," Alizoda's office said, according to

Alizoda was appointed as the first human rights commissioner of Tajikistan in May 2009. He was appointed by Tajik president Emomali Rahmon and was approved by the country's parliament shortly after, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.