8 religious organisations on Kyrgyz blacklist, GKNB says

Staff Report


BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (GKNB) blacklist contains eight religious organisations, and the most dangerous one is Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), GKNB Chairman Shamil Atakhanov told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an interview published May 3.

Other blacklisted groups include the Unification Church, the Islamic Jihad Union, Tablighi Jamaat and al-Qaeda.

HT always has been able to exploit Kyrgyzstan’s political changes, analyst Uran Botobekov told RFE/RL, recalling the 2010 Nookat case.

The most dangerous groups are those that promote jihadism, religious-issues scholar Kadyr Malikov told RFE/RL, adding that a non-jihadist movement like Tablighi Jamaat poses no extremist threat.

Kyrgyzstan has as many as 10,000 members of banned extremist organisations, according to various data, RFE/RL reported May 4.

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