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Human Rights and Media Freedom: Tajikistan

May 10, 2015 - May 14, 2015

As a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia and a former state of the USSR, Tajikistan is relatively stable. However, the recent conflict in the southern region of Gorno-Badakhshan in July 2012 saw severe fighting, and nervousness among the population has increased due to the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Additionally, journalists reporting on current issues in the region face many challenges, including lawsuits, censorship, difficulty in accessing information, and laws that restrict the media.

Four visitors from Tajikistan are coming to Cleveland for an educational visit focused on human rights and media freedom. While here, they will examine the role of media coverage in investigations of potential police abuses, the role of the judicial system in protecting human rights, and the operation of print media outlets. The visitors will also be meeting with multiple journalists, a local media group, and institutions that are a part of or work with the legal system here in Northeast Ohio. They will use their time in Cleveland to focus particularly on Tamir Rice as a case study for how media freedom is linked to the protection and promotion of civil rights.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Officer for the International Visitors Program, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


May 10, 2015
May 14, 2015
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