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Tajik court shuts down civil-society group

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 24 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Tajik court shuts down civil-society group, 24 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5090e5a0b.html [accessed 24 September 2014]
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October 24, 2012

By RFE/RL's Tajik Service

KHUJAND, Tajikistan – A court in Tajikistan's northern city of Khujand has shut down a human rights group, saying it operated without a proper license.

Junaid Ibodov, a lawyer for the Amparo group, told RFE/RL that the case was politically motivated.

Tajikistan's Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against Amparo, saying it failed to timely show its address change at the ministry.

Amparo was founded by about 30 young Tajik lawyers in 2005.

It monitors human rights violations, torture allegations, and the rights of Tajik Army soldiers.

It also helps local citizens to learn more about their rights through conferences and online discussions.

The association has often been cited by the UN Human Rights Commission.

Amparo leaders say they will appeal the court's decision.

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