Tajikistan's largest opposition party named terrorist group
Sept 30, Dushanbe: The Supreme Court of Tajikistan has classified, Tajikistan’s largest opposition party IRPT, as a “terrorist” organization. The party was banned in August on the basis of spurious administrative violations.
After participating in mainstream Tajikistani politics since the end of the civil war in 1997, the IRPT lost its last two parliamentary seats in March 2015 in elections that the OSCE said were not administered impartially, lacked transparency, and disregarded basic counting procedures for the vote.
In response to the government of Tajikistan’s decision to name the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) a terrorist organization, and the United States' silence about Tajikistan's widening crackdown on political dissent, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“The government of Tajikistan has already arrested the top leaders of the IRPT and driven its chairman into exile. Naming it a terrorist organization now threatens its 40,000 members across the country with imprisonment," said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president.
“The United States government has a close relationship with Tajikistan’s security services, providing more than $130 million just in counternarcotics assistance since 2007. Many of the recipients of that assistance are those that will now be hunting down the IRPT. That the United States has not yet spoken out against this crackdown is disgraceful.”
Several other human rights organizations too have spoken out against the Supreme court's decision to consider IRPT a terrorist organization as the country further leans towards a one-party rule.
The Oslo Times