Prosecutor-General’s Office requests ban on the IRP

29/09/2015 09:16
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, September 29, 2015, Asia-Plus – The Prosecutor-General’s Office has filed a suit in the Supreme Court requesting to ban the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRP).

An official source at the Supreme Court confirmed this information saying that they received the request.  According to him, the IRP will be banned as extremist and restrictions will be imposed on the IRP’s presence on the Internet and its use of media.  Access to the IRP’s site will be blocked in Tajikistan.

Founded in October 1990, the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan is the only Islamic party officially registered in former Soviet Central Asia.  The IRP was registered on December 4, 1991.  It was banned by the Supreme Court in June 1993 and legalized in August 1999.  Its official newspaper is Najot (Salvation).  According to some sources, the IRP now has some 40,000 members.

Since 1999, the party has reportedly been the second-largest party in Tajikistan after the ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan.

In the 2005 and 2010 parliamentary elections, the IRP won two out of 63 seats in the parliament, but the party suffered a crushing defeat in Tajikistan's March 1 vote, failing to clear the 5 percent threshold needed to win parliament seats.

Imams at several mosques across Tajikistan in March urged Muslims to support the closure of the Islamic Revival Party, calling for a referendum to dissolve the party.  A letter distributed to imams before Friday Prayers on March 27 said that dissolving the party would help Tajikistan “avoid the fate of other nations where Islamic extremists are disrupting peace and order.”  The letter is believed to have been circulated by a state-backed Islamic center that often sends imams recommended texts for sermons.

IRP leader Muhiddin Kabiri went into exile in June fearing prosecution.  In early June the state-run newspaper Jumhuriyat published an article accusing IRP leader, who was out of the country at the time, of breaking the law during a property transaction 16 years ago.

With Kabiri in exile, the party seems to have imploded. In June, heads of IRP’s organizations in the regions started resigning and closing their offices.  They cited the party’s poor performance in the elections and a series of scandals involving members for their move.  Some of the party activists vowed to join the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

The government last mother ordered the closure of the Islamic Revival Party.

Tajik authorities have linked mutinous general to the IRP.  They said mutinous general Abduhalim Nazarzoda, who was killed in a special security operation in the Romit Gorge on September 16, was allegedly linked to the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan.

Thirteen leaders and activists of the IRP were arrested on September 16.  In a statement released on September 17, the Prosecutor-General’s Office said they were suspected of abetting the plot, noting that they had been arrested to prevent more terrorist attacks in the country

Meanwhile, the Islamic Revival party denies link to Nazarzoda’s deadly mutiny.

 

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