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Recognition of religion or belief in Tajikistan

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Tajikistan are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Tajikistan


  • Recognition and registration are differentiated to some degree although not entirely and parts of their distinction remain unclear; a focus, however, is primarily placed on legal registration with only a few limited means of existential recognition.

  • There is a distinction made between religious organisation as legal entities and a religious community as a body of persons based on their shared belief identity; although this distinction is welcomed, the context in which it resides is terminally restrictive because both categories are subject to the delineations made in their charters; the law stipulates penalties for whenever a group’s activities go beyond its charter.

  • A further category of religious association is established as a means of existential recognition but with persistent issues and restrictions imposed.

  • Censorship of religious activity and related materials and publications is widespread.

  • Restrictions are imposed on private religious or celebratory activity.

  • The constriction of religion and belief is widespread and deeply entrenched in the society.

  • The prohibition on individuals younger than eighteen participating in religious activity is a violation of the UNCRC.

  • The rule of mandatory registration, particularly as it is imposed on all instances of religious activity, is terminally restrictive and violates the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Complete dismantlement of the present status quo of laws terminally restricting the religious lives of Tajiks.

  • Repeal the mandatory registration law along with similar policies that allow for undue government involvement in the affairs of religious groups.

  • Halt the state’s vilification of religious groups it does not agree with on matters of belief.

  • Make a clearer distinction between recognition and registration.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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