Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Tajikistan - COI

Marjorie Farquharson

Email: mmfatblueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk

Marjorie Farquharson has worked in the field of human rights and the USSR and post-Soviet states for 30 years. She has given her expert opinion on 43 cases involving asylum seekers to the UK. She has been a freelance researcher, writer and translator since 2001 and has worked in all five Central Asian States. She has done numerous research projects for UNDP, UNHCR and Amnesty International as well as independent research on Central Asian states. She was Amnesty International's first representative in the Soviet bloc from 1994-1996 as the Director of the EU Tacis project. As a Council of Europe officer she has worked in 44 of Russia's federal regions and helped establish a regional ombudsman institution there. She is the author of several publications on Central Asia. She is capable of giving her expertise on all Central Asian states, namely, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Marjorie is not able to provide her services pro bono, however, she is willing to negotiate a fee.

Dr. John Heathershaw

Email: J [dot] D [dot] Heathershawatexeter [dot] ac [dot] ukl 

Dr. Heathershaw is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter and Principal Investigator (2012-2015) of the ESRC Research Project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’.  His research concerns the conflict, security and development in Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He has spent a total of three years living in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). He speaks advanced Russian and intermediate Tajiki and Kyrgyz. Heathershaw has acted as a consultant to the donor agencies of the UK, US and German government as well as several international NGOs. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2007, specialising on Tajikistan. Heathershaw has held teaching and research posts at the University of Notre Dame, the American University in Central Asia, and King’s College, London.  His first book was entitled Post-Conflict Tajikistan: the politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of legitimate order (Routledge, 2009). He is a director of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and a member of the international advisory board of the academic journal Central Asian Survey. He has also had experience of work with UNHCR in Gambia.

Dr. Muatar Khaidarova

Email: mkhaidarovaaticnlalliance [dot] tj 

Muatar Khaidarova, a lawyer, is the Director of the ICNL/LLC Affiliate in Tajikistan and Chair of the Board of the NGO 'Society and Law'.

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne 

Email: r [dot] turaevaatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne is a Senior Researcher affiliated at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and is a part-time lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She also is an independent expert and consultant, writing expert reports on various issues including: Ethnic and religious minorities, victims of domestic violence, political refugees, war refugees, mentally sick persons, health systems, political and economic environment, stateless persons, other social groups, victims of human trafficking, illegal migrants, state and citizenship, Soviet Union , post-Soviet republics, religion and security, gender and violence, legal systems, document production, assessment of documents from country of origin. She has written over 100 COI reports, and compiled the Country of Origin Information on Turkmenistan for UNHCR. Her PhD was titled "Identification, Discrimination, and Communication: Khorezmian migrants in Tashkent", and her research was situated in the context of post-Soviet developments in newly independent states. She recently completed the book "Migration and Identity: Inside Uzbekistan" (2016). She is a native speaker of Uzbek and has grade 3 knowledge (on a scale of 5) of the Turkmen, Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages. She had also done consultancy work for IDEA on "COVID and human rights in Eastern Europe and Baltic countries”.

Eimear O'Casey

Email: eimear [dot] ocaseyatgmail [dot] com

Eimear O’Casey is a specialist analyst on the former Soviet Union (FSU), with particular interest in anti-corruption and democratisation. Since 2013 she has worked as a political and security risk analyst at the Control Risks consultancy. She advises a range of international organisations and private companies on the key political, integrity and security risks associated with activity in the FSU, with special focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. She regularly participates in OSCE election observation missions as a short term observer, most recently in Tajikistan in 2015. She participated in the Atlantic Council’s Future Leaders Summit at the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014. Alongside native English she speaks French and Russian, and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner qualification. 

Dr Diana Ibañez-Tirado

Email: di40atsussex [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Diana Ibañez-Tirado is a Social Anthropologist trained at SOAS, University of London. She works as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex. Dr Ibañez-Tirado is also a Research Associate at the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, SOAS University of London. Since 2009, Dr Ibañez-Tirado has conducted field-research on Tajikistan in both Tajik and Russian languages. Her expertise lies in the field of everyday life, gender, migration, mobility and family-life in southern Tajikistan. Currently, she is investigating traders from Tajikistan and other Central Asian backgrounds based in China.

Prof Slavomír Horák

Email: slavomir [dot] horakatpost [dot] cz

Slavomír Horák is an Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Geography at the Department of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His research covers political, social and economic issues in Central Asia. He is the author of several books on Central Asian and Afghan internal development as well as numerous articles published in Czech, Russian and English scholarly journals. He particularly focuses on Turkmenistan's domestic issues, especially informal politics and state- and nation-building. Slavomir Horak is willing to provide his services for a negotiable fee. He is a native Czech speaker and has highly advanced knowledge in Russian and advanced knowledge in English. He has intermediate knowledge in Persia/Tajik, Georgian and Spanish and can comprehend reading in Turkmen, Azeri, French or Ukrainian.