Euroasia military alliance names Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan terrorist organization

Li Jiayao

ASTANA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has decided to include the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) into its list of terrorist organizations, the press service of the Euroasia military alliance said Thursday.

The decision was made on June 8, 2016 in Yerevan at a meeting of the CSTO member states when Armenia held the the presidency of the bloc, the CSTO press service said in a report.

Also on the list are al-Qaida and the Islamic State, among others, according to the report, which said the list helps coordinate actions combating terrorists and extremists within the CSTO.

The IRPT was founded in Tajikistan in 1990. Until 2015, it was the only Islamic party officially operating in the territory of the Central Asian region and in the territory of the former Soviet Union.

The IRPT was part of the United Tajik Opposition during the civil war of 1992-1997 in Tajikistan and opposed the People's front currently chaired by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

In June 1997, the leaders of the parties signed in Moscow the General Agreement on Peace in Tajikistan, putting an end to the civil war.

In 2005 and 2010, the IRPT won two seats in the parliamentary elections. In 2015 the party failed to enter the parliament due to its poor election results.

In late September, Tajik General Prosecutor's Office indicted the IRPT for the involvement in an attempted military mutiny. The members of the IRPT were charged and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.

Tajik Supreme Court later called the IRPT a terrorist organization and banned its activities in the country.


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