The European Commission (EC) intends to allocate up to €800,000 for a program to “promote and protect” democracy and the rule of law in Tajikistan. This is stated in the description of the grant, which RT got acquainted with.
“The global goal of this Call for Proposals is to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. This goal will be achieved through the support and strengthening of civil society organizations, democracy activists and human rights defenders,” the document specifies.
Future recipients of funding under this project, among other things, should promote the active involvement of young people in the reform processes in Tajikistan.
In addition, the contractors should prioritize supporting freedom of expression and freedom of the media, combating disinformation, and facilitating access to justice for residents of the country.
It is noted that the maximum amount of one grant is €300,000, the minimum is €160,000.
Earlier it was reported about the intention of the EC to allocate up to €500,000 for the “promotion and protection” of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Kazakhstan.
The European Commission has been financing similar projects for many years, including in the states of the post-Soviet space and in Russia. It is usually declared that these initiatives are aimed at “strengthening democracy and civil society”, “supporting reforms”, and so on. In fact, according to experts, such programs involve influencing public opinion and interfering in the domestic politics of those countries where they are implemented.
Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.
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