Amriddin Avolatshoev sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in a half-day trial

On April 29, 2022, Amriddin Avolatshoev was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, according to a Radio Ozodi article. Avolatshoev is a prominent community organizer among the Tajik diaspora from GBAO in Russia and was one of the main organizers of the demonstration in front of the Embassy of Tajikistan in Moscow in solidarity of the protest in Khorugh in November 2021. He was arrested in Russia on January 11, 2021, extradicted to Tajikistan and forcibly disappeared. The Civil Society Coalition Against Torture and Impunity in Tajikistan and Human Rights Watch raised concerns regarding the risk of torture and a doubted a fair trial.
According to the Radio Ozodi article, Avolatshoev was convicted of alleged hostage-taking in a half-day trial to which his family had no access. His lawyers were informed late about the upcoming trial.

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