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Tajikistan named the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) a terrorist organization in a part of an on-going crackdown against the opposition party. 

Tamara Grigoryeva
Emergency Assistance Program

While the international community is focused on fighting in Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan, another crisis is looming in Central Asia’s most fragile state, Tajikistan.

Tajikstan’s Ministry of Justice banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). 

 Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the March 5 murder of Tajikistani opposition leader Umarali Kuvvatov in Istanbul.


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