Tajik president signs law on countering extremism



Tajik passersby look at photos of wanted militant suspects in Buston village December 29, 2017. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on January 2 signed a law aimed at fighting extremism. [File]

DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Thursday (January 2) signed a number of parliamentary bills into law, including one on fighting extremism, reported, citing Rahmon's press office.

Additional laws address juvenile delinquency and water-user associations.

The prosecutor general's office drafted the anti-extremism bill that Rahmon signed into law.

A long-standing priority

The law comes more than a year after Rahmon raised the issue with parliament.

The existing law on fighting extremism did not meet the requirements of the time, Rahmon told a joint session of parliament on December 26, 2018.

Tajikistan has been grappling with how to prevent its citizens from joining terrorist organisations and how to repatriate those Tajiks who have joined such groups abroad.

The new law reportedly reflects recent international developments, such as resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and other organisations.

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