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Yearbook 2002

Tajikistan. During the year, Tajikistan became the last former Soviet Republic to join NATO's Partnership for Peace program. From NATO, Tajikistan received praise for its prominent role in the US-led fight against terrorism, along the Afghan border.

According to Countryaah website, President Imomali Rachmonov, however, seemed to be using the anti-terror campaign in the region to fight against the Islamist opposition in Tajikistan. Members of the Islamic Renewal Party were accused of extremism, and Rachmonov claimed that there were ties between the party and the Tajikistans arrested in Afghanistan and held captive by the United States. As a result, over 30 mosques were closed in the Isfara district in the north and many imams were moved accused of political activity. The police and security services also made a blow during the year against the banned Islamist movement Hizb ut-Tahir. Several members were sentenced to severe prison sentences.

At the same time, the regime seemed willing to approach its political rivals in the Chudzhand province in northwestern Tajikistan. Abdulaziz Chamidov, former governor of the province, was sentenced in June to 15 years in prison. The charges were broad: plans for coups, assassination attempts on the president, creation of illegal militia groups, corruption. Several alleged accomplices were also sentenced. Chamidov is related to Rachmonov's political main enemy, former Prime Minister Abdumalik Abdulladzhanov, who also hails from the Chudzhand province.

Several journalists who reported on the military's harsh recruitment methods were forcibly recruited at the end of the year as punishments.

2002 Tajikistan


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