Tajik court brands Islamic Renaissance Party as 'terrorist'

Tajikistan high court declares Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan's (IRPT) as 'extremist,' 'terrorist organization'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Muhiddin Kabiri is the chairman of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan

A high court in Tajikistan announced that the banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) should be added to the blacklist of 'extremist and terrorist' organisations in Tajikistan, Tajik media said on Tuesday.

The court's decision also increased pressure on the Najot (Salvation) newspaper and banned the broadcasting of any video, audio or printed information connected with IRPT's activities.

The Tajik Prosecutor General's Office blamed IRPT's leadership of involvment in a deadly asserted insurrection earlier in September by serving Deputy Defence Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda of Tajikistan. However,Nazarzoda was reportedly killed in a special operation on September 16 along with fellow gunmen, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

Thirteen leading members of the IRPT were arrested due to allegations of their direct relation with Nazarzoda.

Meanwhile IRPT leader Muhiddin Kabiri denied the accusations against him and his party and described the allegations as politically motivated.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, who's been governing Tajikistan since 1992, has been widely criticized for a authoritarian regime and his country's poor human civil right records.

Tajikistan is a former Soviet Republic, that is predominantly Muslim, with approximately eight million citizens, but its secular government is known for cracking down on anything considered to be "extremist."

Human Rights Watch announced Tajikistan guards tight inhibitions on religious freedoms such as religious education and worship. Under the alleging of struggling extremism, Tajikistan still sustains to ban the number of peaceful minority Muslim groups. Head scarves are prohibited in educational institutions and beards are banned in public area. The Tajik National Assembly refused a law draft to permit prayer worship in public places and working areas in November 2014.

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