Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Department For Fight Against Extremism And Terrorism =2 Groups Of “Extremists”

Posted by Info on 06/12/2010

Tajikistan: The Interior Ministry’s Department for the Fight against Extremism and Terrorism said some of the several dozen Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters detained this autumn have already served time for extremist activities.
“We can divide the detainees into two groups: those who have already been imprisoned for extremism and … those who have landed here for the first time — mostly teenagers, who are only found with extremist literature and almost never weapons.”
Repeat arrests for religious extremism are fairly common,” an investigator of the Prosecutor’s Office, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said.

The problem is that some former extremists say they have repented and are set free.
Tajikistan’s anti-terrorist agencies are currently discussing the issue. “Neighbouring Uzbekistan, for example, has the practice of keeping suspected extremists or former extremists who have been freed under surveillance. This has helped them avoid many problems. It is possible that Tajikistan will use the same practice.”
“There are many cases where young people and teenagers do not even know that Hizb ut-Tahrir is a banned organisation.”

Askerov, defender said that his client was offered money to pass out Hizb ut-Tahrir leaflets and papers. “They were written in Russian and Arabic, but my client only reads Tajik. He did not even know what it was about. He just needed the money.”
It is no rare occurrence for parents who work in Russia to leave their children with grandparents, who sometimes are simply physically unable to control them, Sharipov said. “So, the young people end up in various organisations.”

“Due to economic reasons, the country has significantly reduced the number of sports schools, classes and organisations that are supposed to work with children. Those that remain do not all work with children for free. It turns out that now young people can only go to the mosque for free,
” she said.
“Repressive methods alone will not fix the situation. Some young people allow extremist organisations to recruit them out of pure ignorance and most likely under these experienced wolves’ psychological pressure,” said Bobojon Ikromov, the chief editor of Varorud.
The ministry might consider religious programmes that “will offer young people a positive way of thinking.”

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