A court in Tajikistan has ordered the closure of a prominent rights group, citing a variety of alleged technical violations of its operating license, including moving offices without duly notifying authorities, engaging in unauthorized training sessions involving high school students and operating an improperly registered website.
The October 24 court ruling came after the Tajik Justice Ministry filed a motion to shut down the Association of Young Lawyers, known as Amparo, a rights organization based in the northern city of Khujand. Amparo representatives vowed to appeal the ruling at the Khujand City Court. Amparo head Dilrabo Samadova told the Asia-Plus news agency that the case proves Tajikistan’s courts are not independent.
“Unfortunately, today we once again became witnesses of judicial dependence. But we are not going to give up, and will not stop human rights activities," she said.
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