Switzerland working to prevent torture and combat early marriage in Tajikistan
5th round of human rights talks between Switzerland and Tajikistan
"Early marriage is another key topic for Switzerland in the area of human rights both at the multilateral and bilateral levels. This phenomenon is especially pronounced in Tajikistan owing to high emigration – around 10% of the population – which creates an imbalance in the number of men and women. Spurred on by its achievements in the protection of women and prevention of domestic violence in Tajikistan – Switzerland advised Tajikistan on a new law that entered into force in 2013 – the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) intends to directly support the government's efforts to improve protection from early marriage for girls and young women."