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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN

On October 5, 2009 No. 553

About the State language of the Republic of Tajikistan

This Law determines legal status of state language and regulates its application in the Republic of Tajikistan.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Tasks of this Law

1. This Law regulates application of state language and other languages in activities of public authorities, self-government institutions of settlements and villages, and also legal entities, irrespective of forms of business, Dehkan (farmer) farms and individual entrepreneurs.

2. This Law does not regulate use of languages in the personal relations.

Article 2. Legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan on state language of the Republic of Tajikistan

The legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan on state language of the Republic of Tajikistan is based on the Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan and consists of this Law, other regulatory legal acts, and also the international legal acts recognized by Tajikistan.

Article 3. State language of the Republic of Tajikistan

1. State language of the Republic of Tajikistan is Tajik.

2. Each citizen of the Republic of Tajikistan shall know state language.

3. The Republic of Tajikistan provides application, protection and development of state language.

4. Public authorities, self-government institutions of settlements and villages, and also legal entities, irrespective of forms of business shall create favorable conditions for studying of state language and enhancement of its knowledge by workers.

5. The state language is applied in all spheres of political, social, economic, scientific and cultural life of the Republic of Tajikistan.

6. In case of application of state language observance of provisions of rules of spelling of the literary language is obligatory.

Article 4. Other languages

1. All nations and nationalities living in the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan, having the right to use freely the native language, except as specified, provided by this Law.

2. The Republic of Tajikistan creates conditions for free application, protection and development of Badakhshan (Pamir) languages and yagnobsky language.

Chapter 2. Working language of public authorities

Article 5. Clerical work language

The clerical work of legislative, executive and judicial authorities in the Republic of Tajikistan is performed in state language.

Article 6. Language of regulatory legal acts

Regulatory legal acts of the Republic of Tajikistan are developed and accepted in state language. In stipulated by the legislation cases regulatory legal acts are translated into other languages.

Article 7. Working language of Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan

1. Working language of Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan, military units and their divisions is the state language.

2. In joint exercises with foreign states it is used as well other established language.

Chapter 3. Language of education, sciences, culture and mass media

Article 8. Training language

1. In the Republic of Tajikistan training is performed in state language.

2. Preschool, educational institutions, organizations of primary and secondary professional education, higher education, postgraduate professional education can perform activities in other languages.

3. For all nations and nationality of the Republic of Tajikistan conditions for the free choice of language of training according to the legislation are created.

Article 9. Studying of state language in educational institutions

1. In preschool, educational institutions, organizations of primary professional and secondary professional education, higher education, postgraduate professional education compulsory education is provided to state language.

2. In the foreign average educational and highest educational professional institutions performing the activities in the Republic of Tajikistan irrespective of organizationally, legal forms, studying of state language is obligatory.

3. In the Republic of Tajikistan conditions for studying of the Arab letter and edition of literature on this letter are created.

Article 10. Science language

1. In the Republic of Tajikistan language of science is the state language.

2. In scientific research also other languages can be used.

Article 11. Language of cultural actions

1. In the Republic of Tajikistan cultural events are held in state language.

2. The international and interstate events in the Republic of Tajikistan are held in state language and in other languages.

Article 12. Language of mass media

In the Republic of Tajikistan mass media perform the activities in state language and other languages according to the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Article 13. Language of announcements and advertizing

1. In the Republic of Tajikistan announcements and advertizing extend in state language.

2. Announcements and advertizing can extend according to the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan and in other languages.

Article 14. Language of information and communication

1. Language of information and communication of the Republic of Tajikistan is the state language.

2. In the Republic of Tajikistan favorable conditions for use of state language in information and communication technologies are created.

Article 15. Assistance to protection and development of Tajik outside the republic

The Republic of Tajikistan promotes protection and development of Tajik outside the republic on the basis of the international legal acts recognized by Tajikistan.

Chapter 4. Language of clerical work of the organizations

Article 16. Language of clerical work of the organizations

1. The clerical work of the organizations functioning in the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan is performed in state language.

2. Other languages are used according to the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Article 17. Correspondence language

1. The organizations performing the activities in the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan in correspondence with public authorities and self-government institutions of settlements and villages, and also with citizens use state language.

2. Correspondence with the international organizations is performed on state and in that language which is established.

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