Capital punishment in Tajikistan

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Capital punishment in Tajikistan is allowed by Article 18 of the 1999 Constitution of Tajikistan, which provides:

"Every person has the right to life. No person may be deprived of life except by the verdict of a court for a very serious crime."[1]

The last known execution took place in 2004.[citation needed] That same year, a moratorium was issued on capital punishment by president Emomali Rahmon.

Tajikistan is not signatory to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which aims to abolish the death penalty.[2]