Status: de facto abolitionist
An official moratorium on death sentences and executions, which was introduced in
the Republic of Tajikistan on 15 July 2004, remains in place. Although not operational
in practice, the death penalty is retained in the Criminal Code of Tajikistan for
aggravated murder, acts of terrorism that result in death, the rape of a minor (under
14 years of age), genocide and biocide. The amendments to the Criminal Code
introduced in March 2005 provide for long-term imprisonment and life without
parole as alternative sanctions to capital punishment.