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35 – Tajikistan


Region Central Asia
Leader President Emomali Rahmon
Population 8 669 000
Christian 1.2%
Main Religion Islam
Government Republic
Rank 35
Score 58
Previous Rank 31
Previous Score 58

On 1 March 2015, parliamentary elections were held in Tajikistan. Soon after the elections, which were once more won by the supporters of President Emomali Rahmon, a change occurred in the country. More restrictive legislation has been imposed – including on matters of religion. It suggests the regime is increasing its control. Persecution is strongest in the private, national, and church spheres. This is typical for a situation in which Dictatorial Paranoia is the leading persecution engine. Pressure from Islamic Oppression is present mostly in the private, family and community spheres and is exerted by the social environment.

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