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.
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.