Kerry urges Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on Islam
“Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday urged the president of Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on political Islam and expressions of faith….Although the population is 98 percent Muslim, several peaceful Muslim groups have been banned and their offices forced to close. Under the pretext of combatting Islam, men with long beards are forced to shave. Children are not allowed to participate in religious education unless it is state-sanctioned. Women also cannot go to mosques.”
Some of that may indeed be overboard, depending on what the groups described as “peaceful” by the Washington Post are advocating, and the circumstances of the other measures. But whatever the case may be in Tajikistan, Kerry is not one to be calling for restraint, since he represents a government that is very, very far overboard in the other direction: refusing to acknowledge that there is a jihad threat at all, and actively aiding jihad groups in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
“Kerry urges Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on Islam,” by Carol Morello, Washington Post via Stars and Stripes, November 3, 2015
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday urged the president of Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on political Islam and expressions of faith.
In remarks after he met with Foreign Minister Sirodjidin Aslov and President Emomali Rahmon, Kerry acknowledged concerns that religious extremists could infiltrate over Tajikistan’s long border with Afghanistan.
“We talked about the difficulties and challenges of counterterrorism and fighting against violent extremism effectively, but also in a way that balances human rights and religious freedom,” he said.
Kerry struck a similar note Monday during a speech in Kazakhstan, where he said that repressive measures against political opponents
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