Statement by the Spokesperson on Tajikistan's Supreme Court's sentencing deputy leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party to life imprisonment (03/06/2016)

Members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) have been sentenced by the Supreme Court of Tajikistan: deputy leaders Saidumar Hussaini and Mahmadali Hait were sentenced to life imprisonment, while long prison sentences were given to eleven other members of the party.


The court proceedings were not transparent and violated the rights of the accused to a fair trial, which is not in line with Tajikistan’s commitments under international law. Clear evidence must be presented justifying the criminal charges brought against the defendants in connection with all sentences issued. The Supreme Court's judgements also risk having a damaging effect on the overall cohesion of Tajik society.

 

Even in the pursuit of security operations, the fundamental freedoms of all Tajik citizens must be guaranteed and the rule of law must be upheld.
 
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