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5-10-2015, 11:27

UN expresses concern over Tajikistan's banning of Islamic party



Avesta.Tj | 05.10.2015 | The UN human rights office expressed concern over the risk of increasing human rights violations in Tajikistan following Dushanbe’s recent decision to ban the Islamic Revival Party (IRP).


In a statement issued on October 2, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) pointed to the arrest and detention of more than a dozen IRP members since early September.



According to the OHCHR, the IRP is the only Islamic political party legally registered in Central Asia and was party to the 1997 inter-Tajik peace agreement.


Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the OHCHR, told a press briefing in Geneva that the Supreme Court of Tajikistan banned the IRP earlier this week after ruling that it was ‘an extremist and terrorist organisation.

"This decision followed a long-running campaign of pressure, intimidation and a subsequent crackdown by the Government on the IRP,” she said.

On Sept. 17, the Office of the Prosecutor General issued an official statement stating that IRP members were arrested to prevent new terrorist acts and accusing the party of organizing armed groups and instigating violence, including the Sept. 4 attack on a police station, which left 39 people dead, including 14 police officers.

At least 13 IRP members, including from the party leadership, were arrested and detained on 16 and 17 September. The defence lawyer of several IRP members, Buzurgmehr Yorov, was also arrested and subsequently charged with fraud and forgery.

"We call upon the Tajik authorities to ensure that any measures taken in the fight against ‘terrorism’ or ‘extremism’ are fully in line with international human rights law, with full respect for the rights to freedom of religion, opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, and association, participation in public affairs, and the principle of non-discrimination,” said Shamdasani.

"The legality and conditions of detention must be guaranteed in line with relevant international norms and standards,” she added.