Tajikistan announced on Tuesday that 23 leaders of an Islamic opposition party were arrested after the Central Asian state banned and branded it as a "terrorist organisation."
Tajikistan’s ban on the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) known as the opposition to President Emomali Rakhmon’s two-decade rule that have been criticised by some civil rights organisations and different international actors.
The state prosecutor said in a statement that individuals were held on charges including "terrorism" and "organising a criminal group" following deadly violence that erupted last month.
The country’s supreme court accepted a request from the prosecutor to ban the IRPT which was legally registered after a civil war in 1990’s.
The supreme court also branded IRPT as a terrorist organisation.
Tajik government already blamed IRPT prior to an uprising led by then-deputy defence minister, which left more than 40 dead.
Tajikistan accused IRPT of instructing General Abduhalim Nazarzoda, who was killed during a government military operation to lead attacks on state forces in the capital Dushanbe.