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European Union Announces the Winner of Leader of XXI Century Award

Saturday 20 August 2011

(Press release) – On 18 August 2011 it was make public the decision of the Academic Committee of European Council on International Relations to award one of the highest European cultural and political distinctions to Emamoli Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan.

Among the reasons leading to awarding LEADER OF XXI CENTURY AWARD to President Emomali Rahmon the Academic Committee of European Council on International Relations has taken under consideration the following:

  • Promoting internal unity of Tajikistan , combating corruption, and promoting respect for human dignity, clean governance and free media and supporting the construction of the edifice of democracy in Tajikistan with human rights, assured liberties and social justice and protection program’s.
  • Constructing a sustainable economic growth in Tajikistan , a rapid economic development and the construction of a solid free market economy based in the same time on the correct income distribution and with a highly development of social protection sectors.
  • The continuous development of social base of Tajik people by investing in health and education sectors , investment and support that is responding to the most sacred and untouchable human rights such as the right to health ,education and productive life.
  • Promoting Tajikistan environmental protection and historical Dushanbe resurgence and promoting economic cooperation with European Union are excellent endeavour’s that support the future of Tajikistan.
  • The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Tajik people, the transformation of Dushanbe in the pivotal connection centre between Europe and Asia and in a light-house of development for the entire region.
  • Continuously supporting peace and security on world stage and in the Central Asia region by important and internationally resounding actions such as transforming Tajikistan in a secure state, with safe borders.

Although he went on hajj to Mecca in June 1997, Rahmonov was deeply influenced by the Gathas of Zoroaster as a young man. He convinced UNESCO to declare 2002-2003 the third millennium since Zoroaster’s birth, and in his book, The Tajiks in the Mirror of History, he claimed that Zoroaster was a Tajik from Bactria. For more information:

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