The authoritarian regime of President Emomali Rahmon, who has ruled since 1992, severely restricts political rights and civil liberties. The political opposition has been devastated by a sustained campaign of repression in recent years, and the government exerts tight control over religious expression and activity. Wealth and authority are increasingly concentrated in the hands of the president and his family.
Freedom in the World — Tajikistan Country Report
Tajikistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Nations in Transit — Tajikistan Country Report
Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Tajikistan receives a Democracy Percentage of 2 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.
News & Perspectives on Tajikistan
NEW REPORT: Regional Autocrats Exploiting Instability, Expanding Power from Central Europe to Central Asia
April 20, 2022
NEW REPORT: Attacks on Democracy Intensify as Autocracy Spreads in Europe and Eurasia
April 28, 2021
Joint Letter: US Senate Must Protect Human Rights in Tajikistan
November 19, 2020
Belarus: Tajik Activist Faces Unlawful Extradition
October 6, 2019
Tajikistan: Government Must Cease Retaliation against Activists Exercising Freedom of Speech
September 26, 2019
Joint Statement on Tajikistan: Release Gravely Ill Activist
March 22, 2019