Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

CSTO And It’s List Of Terrorist Organisations

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) has its list of terrorist and extremist organisations whose members will be prosecuted in member countries. Added to the list of forbidden organisations in 2009 were the following seven groups: Dzhamiat-e-Tablig, Dzhamaat Mujahedin Central Asia, Islamic Jihad-Dzhamaat Mujahedin, Nurdzhular, Salafia, Al-Qaeda in Islamic Magrib countries, and Tajikistan Ozod.
Vyacheslav Volokh, a representative of the CSTO secretariat, said the list increase the effectiveness of interaction and the exchange of information between national special forces and law-enforcement agencies in the CSTO member countries.

Under CSTO guidelines an organisation is considered terrorist if one of the member countries has presented it as such to the CSTO Permanent Council. The decision must then be confirmed by the member countries. The new list has already been discussed by the council and has been submitted to member countries. If approved in 2009, the list would include a total of 29 terrorist and extremist organisations.

The CSTO includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The latter was active in founding the organisation. Tashkent recommended that the Hizb ut-Takhrir party and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan be included on the list of terrorist organisations. Tashkent suspended its CSTO membership in 1998, saying it gained nothing from being a member. It returned to the organisation in 2006. The catalyst for the change of heart, according to experts, was Russia’s support of President Karimov following the events in Andizhan in May 2005. Alexei Malashenko, a member of the Moscow Carnegie Centre research council, said the CSTO as a security structure is very important to Uzbekistan and Tashkent has no intention of leaving the organisation again.

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