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Tajikistan Bans Another Islamic Organization

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

DUSHANBE – Tajikistan’s Supreme Court has banned an Islamist organization, Jamaat Ansarullah, ruling that it is an extremist group.

The ruling came after the organization last year issued several videos calling on Tajik citizens to embrace jihad and urging citizens to take action to support Islamic rule.

A commander of an illegal armed group killed recently by Tajik security forces has been described by authorities as an activist of the organization.

Tajik authorities have banned more than 10 Islamic groups and organizations since 2000, including Al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jamaat Tablig and Hizb-ut Tahrir.