Muhiddin Kabiri heads the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, which has come under pressure from the Tajik government. Party members complain that they are being unfairly linked by members of security services to Islamic militants. (Photo: IRPT)
The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan is the only officially recognized, faith-based party in Central Asia. But Tajik President Imomali Rahmon’s administration appears to be taking aim at the party as part of a general crackdown against Islamic extremism.
Pressure on the IRPT began in the fall, amid a resurgence of Islamic militant activity in the Rasht Valley, south of the Tajik capital Dushanbe. An effective information blackout surrounded government counter-insurgency operations in the valley. Meanwhile, authorities implemented an array of measures, including mass arrests, designed to contain the spread of radical Islamic beliefs. Continue reading