The Tajikistani government’s already dismal record on religious freedom continues to deteriorate. The regime of President Emomali Rahmon maintains its repressive policies, suppressing displays of public religiosity by individuals of all faiths and persecuting minority communities—especially actual and alleged Salafists, a term that is broadly applied. There are restrictions on wedding and funerary banquets, as well as bans on beards and hijabs.

Source: Women attend Friday prayers in the office of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, RUETERS / Kalandrov

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