Demolitions in Dushanbe: Dwellings Declared Illegal

What is affected
Housing private
Land Social/public
Land Private
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 01 January 2006
Region A [ Asia ]
Country Tajikistan
Location Dushanbe

Affected persons

Total 160
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: Human Rights Watch, "Letter to Participants in `Human Rights, Housing, and the State: Cases of Forced Eviction in Tajikistan`" 7 July 2008. Found at:

"People evicted from their homes in Dushanbe fall into three broad groups...The second group is comprised of residents evicted from their houses because authorities have declared their dwelling ownerships, sales agreements, building licenses or other documents illegal or falsified. For example, Human Rights Watch documented the case of 32 families living across the cement factory on the northern outskirts of Dushanbe. For all but six houses, residents received building licenses in 1992. In 2006 the municipal authorities declared the licenses falsified and started to demolish some of the houses. The authorities also cut off the neighborhood’s water supply. Since then the residents have lived in constant fear of eviction from their homes."
"In another case that came to the attention of Human Rights Watch, 32 households had been given land plots to build houses across the cement factory in the early 1990s. In 2006, however, the head of the Ismoil Somoni district administration in Dushanbe issued a decision that the houses are illegal because their appearance does not comply with regulations provided in decree No. 269 of the Dushanbe municipal administration from January 25, 1989 on “giving a proper appearance to private houses in Dushanbe city” and because they are located in an industrial zone. Four of the houses were destroyed immediately. Many families filed complaints against the decision and finally applied to the Commission of the Ismoil Somoni district on Legalization of Property to legalize their houses under a 2007 presidential amnesty. Yet, on April 11, 2008 the commission decided to uphold the decision of the head of the district administration...."
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