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What is the latest situation on Azerbaijani hostages? – Live broadcast in “Yeni Musavat” news ...

February 2nd, 2019

The latest updates about Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Elnur Huseynzade were discussed at the live broadcast of “Yeni Musavat” newspaper. Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, human rights defender ...

“Georgia should avoid any steps that can harm bilateral relations” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke to ...

February 1st, 2019

A monument to Mikhail Avagyan, who took part in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, was erected in Bugashen village of Akhalkalaki region on January 20. This fact has caused a lot of dissatisfaction in the Azerbaijani public. ...

The European Parliament has always been indifferent to the issue of Azerbaijani hostages – Ahmad Shahidov

January 20th, 2019

A biased attitude towards Azerbaijan was demonstrated in the European Parliament during discussions on the Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov. It is not the first time the European Parliament has shown double standards against our country. ...

“We are not satisfied with the statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding Dilgam ...

January 17th, 2019

Coordinator of the Information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages, human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov has addressed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mrs. Dunja Mijatović. The human rights defender has given ...

Human rights defender appealed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in connection with the Az ...

January 15th, 2019

Coordinator of the Information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages, human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov has addressed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mrs. Dunja Mijatović. The human rights defender has given ...

         

Captives and hostages may be exchanged by the end of this year – ARB Television

November 9th, 2018

According to the information provided by the Armenian mass media, Defense Minister of Armenia, chairman of the State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, David Tonoyan said that he has read about ...

“Azerbaijani hostages may be exchanged by the end of this year” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke to REAL Television

November 7th, 2018

According to the information provided by the Armenian mass media, Defense Minister of Armenia, chairman of the State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, David Tonoyan said that he has read about ...

Ahmad Shahidov attended the Sunday worship ceremony of the Georgian community of Gakh region

November 5th, 2018

Well-known human rights defender, won the sympathy of the people of Gakh during the elections to the Milli Majlis (Parliament) Ahmad Shahidovduring his trip to the Gakh district visited the Georgian Church in Gakhbash village. ...

Ahmad Shahidov visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in London

October 30th, 2018

Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr.Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in the UK, has today visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in London. ...

“FETO is an international terrorist organization” – Ahmad Shahidov defended Turkey at the OSCE

September 19th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

The provocation of the armenian separatists was prevented and there was tension at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 18th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Azerbaijani State is the guarantor of the rights of national minorities” – Ahmad Shahidov responds to Emin Huseynov at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 14th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Exchange of the hostages can create trust between conflict sides” – Ahmad Shahidov appeals to Armenian officials at OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 13th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“The April 11 presidential elections once again demonstrated Azerbaijan’s commitment to democratic values” – Ahmad Shahidov speaks at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 10th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

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What is the latest situation on Azerbaijani hostages? – Live broadcast in “Yeni Musavat” newspaper

February 2nd, 2019

The latest updates about Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Elnur Huseynzade were discussed at the live broadcast of “Yeni Musavat” newspaper. Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, human rights defender ...

“Georgia should avoid any steps that can harm bilateral relations” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke to “Sahar” Televizion of Iran

February 1st, 2019

A monument to Mikhail Avagyan, who took part in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, was erected in Bugashen village of Akhalkalaki region on January 20. This fact has caused a lot of dissatisfaction in the Azerbaijani public. ...

The European Parliament has always been indifferent to the issue of Azerbaijani hostages – Ahmad Shahidov

January 20th, 2019

A biased attitude towards Azerbaijan was demonstrated in the European Parliament during discussions on the Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov. It is not the first time the European Parliament has shown double standards against our country. ...

“We are not satisfied with the statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding Dilgam Asgarov” – Ahmad Shahidov

January 17th, 2019

Coordinator of the Information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages, human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov has addressed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mrs. Dunja Mijatović. The human rights defender has given ...

Human rights defender appealed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in connection with the Azerbaijani hostages

January 15th, 2019

Coordinator of the Information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages, human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov has addressed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mrs. Dunja Mijatović. The human rights defender has given ...

Ahmad Shahidov speaks of Azerbaijani captives and hostages on “Ulusal Kanal” TV of Turkey

December 27th, 2018

On December 27, coordinator of the Information Center for Azerbaijani Captives and Hostages Dr. Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in Turkey, was the guest of the program “Gunaydin Turkiye” on Turkish Television ...

“UN Resolution on missing persons is very important document” – Ahmad Shahidov

December 20th, 2018

A resolution put forward by Azerbaijan called “Missing Persons” was adopted through consensus at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly. The main goal of the resolution, put forward every two years by Azerbaijan ...

The trial process on Armenian diversant Karen Kazarian proceeded | REAL Television

December 11th, 2018

On December 11, the trial of Karen Armenovich Kazarian, citizen of the Republic of Armenia, who has attempted to commit terrorist act in Azerbaijan, continued. Karen Kazarian, with criminal case 1 (100) -315/2018, is charged ...

Ahmad Shahidov addresses international organizations on captives and hostages – December 10, International Human Rights Day message

December 10th, 2018

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary ...

Captives and hostages may only be exchanged on the principle of “all to all” – Azerbaijan’s position does not change

December 5th, 2018

Today, spokesperson of the so-called “nagorno-karabakh republic” MFA Artak Nersisyan told to the Armenian press that they do not agree with the Azerbaijani side’s proposal to exchange the captives and hostages on the principle of ...

Information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages has been launched

December 3rd, 2018

The information center for Azerbaijani captives and hostages has been launched today. The main goal of this center, which is a special project of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, is to inform ...

“The trial process on Armenian diversant Karen Kazarian proceeds in a transparent way” – Ahmad Shahidov

November 27th, 2018

The trial of Karen Armenovich Kazarian, citizen of the Republic of Armenia, who has attempted to commit terrorist act in Azerbaijan, has already begun. Karen Kazarian, with criminal case 1 (100) -315/2018, is charged with ...

“Armenia remains undecided about the exchange of captives and hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov speaks to REAL Television

November 25th, 2018

Contrary to the Geneva Conventions on international law and the protocols thereto, Armenia is again refusing to comply with the principles of humanism. It also gives rise to aggressive reaction of the Armenia’s Prime Minister ...

“International pressure on the Armenian government will be further increased” – Ahmad Shahidov

November 23rd, 2018

Contrary to the Geneva Conventions on international law and the protocols thereto, Armenia is again refusing to comply with the principles of humanism. It also gives rise to aggressive reaction of the Armenia’s Prime Minister ...

The Kurmukoba Holiday, which symbolizes unity of Georgians and Azerbaijanis, is celebrated in Gakh district

November 23rd, 2018

On November 23, holiday of both Azerbaijanis and Georgians – Kurmukoba holidaywas celebrated in Kurmuk village of Gakh region. Each Gakh resident, regardless of religious affiliation, took part in the festival. Kurmuk temple was visited ...

The exchange of captives and hostages was discussed in “ATV Actual” program of Azad Azerbaijan Television

November 20th, 2018

On November 19, the issue of exchanging of captives and hostages has been widely discussed in “ATV Actual” program of Azad Azerbaijan Television. Presenter Ariz Tarverdiyev’s guests were human rights defenders Ahmad Shahidov and conflict analyst Ahmad ...

Protest actions with the demand to exchange the captives and hostages has begun in Armenia – ARB Television

November 19th, 2018

The Armenian government is interested in preventing the process of exchanging the captives and hostages. Yesterday, the residents of Berdavan city of Armenia held a protest action demanding that Karen Kazarian to be returned from ...

Why does the official Yerevan avoid exchanging the captives and hostages? – Azad Azerbaijan Television

November 19th, 2018

The Armenian government is interested in preventing the process of exchanging the captives and hostages. Yesterday, the residents of Berdavan city of Armenia held a protest action demanding that Karen Kazarian to be returned from ...

Captives and hostages may be exchanged by the end of this year – ARB Television

November 9th, 2018

According to the information provided by the Armenian mass media, Defense Minister of Armenia, chairman of the State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, David Tonoyan said that he has read about ...

“Azerbaijani hostages may be exchanged by the end of this year” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke to REAL Television

November 7th, 2018

According to the information provided by the Armenian mass media, Defense Minister of Armenia, chairman of the State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, David Tonoyan said that he has read about ...

Ahmad Shahidov attended the Sunday worship ceremony of the Georgian community of Gakh region

November 5th, 2018

Well-known human rights defender, won the sympathy of the people of Gakh during the elections to the Milli Majlis (Parliament) Ahmad Shahidovduring his trip to the Gakh district visited the Georgian Church in Gakhbash village. ...

Ahmad Shahidov visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in London

October 30th, 2018

Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr.Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in the UK, has today visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in London. ...

“FETO is an international terrorist organization” – Ahmad Shahidov defended Turkey at the OSCE

September 19th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

The provocation of the armenian separatists was prevented and there was tension at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 18th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Azerbaijani State is the guarantor of the rights of national minorities” – Ahmad Shahidov responds to Emin Huseynov at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 14th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Exchange of the hostages can create trust between conflict sides” – Ahmad Shahidov appeals to Armenian officials at OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 13th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“The April 11 presidential elections once again demonstrated Azerbaijan’s commitment to democratic values” – Ahmad Shahidov speaks at the OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 10th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“We will build our speech at OSCE on a different aspect” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke to ARB 24 Television

September 8th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will start its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE ...

Exchange of Azerbaijani hostages to Armenian military diversants to be put on the agenda of OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 7th, 2018

On September 10, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will start its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE ...

“The capture of armenian diversants put Armenia in difficult situation” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke about Azerbaijani hostages

July 18th, 2018

On July 15, Armenia’s intelligence-diversant group attempted to cross the line of contact between the Azerbaijan and Armenia in the direction of Gazakh region. According to the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, the provocation attempt ...

“Changing Azerbaijani hostages with Armenian diversants is on the agenda” – Ahmad Shahidov

July 17th, 2018

On July 15, Armenia’s intelligence-diversant group attempted to cross the line of contact between the Azerbaijan and Armenia in the direction of Gazakh region. According to the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, the provocation attempt ...

Ahmad Shahidov speaks on Azerbaijani hostages and Ganja events on “Channel 24” TV of Turkey

July 12th, 2018

Human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov was guest of the “Moderator Night” program and answered the questions of well-known journalist Ardan Zenturk Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is ...

“Armenia ignores international calls on hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov gives interview to ATV

July 11th, 2018

Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev have been subjected to torture by the Armenian side for last 4 years. Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Hasan Hasanov,who visited the occupied Kalbajar region on July 11, ...

“We need urgent decisions on Azerbaijani hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov speaks to ARB 24 Television

July 11th, 2018

Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev have been subjected to torture by the Armenian side for last 4 years. Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Hasan Hasanov, who visited the occupied Kalbajar region on July ...

Ahmad Shahidov and Tural Abbasli participate in debate on live broadcast of “Yeni Musavat” Newspaper

June 7th, 2018

We continue the discussions with different well-known thinkers in the live broadcast on Facebook Page of “Yeni Musavat” Newspaper.Today Chairman of the White Party Mr. Tural Abbasliand Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and ...

Ahmad Shahidov gave interviews to a number of international TV channels regarding the April 11 presidential election

April 11th, 2018

The next presidential elections in Azerbaijan were held on April 11, 2018.Local and international observers were closely following the presidential elections in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rightsobserved elections in 25 regions of ...

Ahmad Shahidov met with Norwegian Ombudsman Mrs. Anne Lindboe

April 3rd, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Europe, visited the Norwegian Ombudsman Institute in Oslo on April 3. Human rights defender met with ...

A protest action was held in front of the Armenian Embassy in Warsaw on the occasion of the 31 March Genocide Day

March 31st, 2018

On the occasion of the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis on March 31, 1918, activists of the Union of Azerbaijanis in Poland held a protest action in front of the Armenian Embassy in Warsaw. Protesters ...

Presidential elections in Azerbaijan were discussed at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland

March 29th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Europe, visited the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland. Human ...

Meeting with youth was held in Sheki city on 11 April – Presidential elections

March 16th, 2018

On March 15, a public meeting of the youth voting for the first time was held in Sheki city. The meeting organized jointly by Sheki City Executive Power, Sheki City Youth and Sports Department and ...

Commemoration of Khojaly genocide was held in Turkey’s Mustafa Kaynak Anatolian High School

February 28th, 2018

Young people aged 14-17 who are studying at high school were informed about Khojaly genocide and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and Farid Shahbazli, chairman of ...

Discussions on Khojaly genocide and the truth of Azerbaijan at Turkish DRT Television

February 27th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and Farid Shahbazli, chairman of Reformist Youth Public Union, who are on a working visit in Turkey, were guests at the live broadcast ...

Ahmad Shahidov speaks to Turkish youth at “Khojaly genocide and Karabakh issue” conference at Pamukkale University

February 27th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and Farid Shahbazli, chairman of Reformist Youth Public Union, who are on a working visit in Turkey, attended “The Khojaly genocide and Karabakh ...

A photo exhibition featuring the Khojaly genocide was organized in Denizli, Turkey

February 27th, 2018

The exhibition, organized at Pamukkale University, lasted for 10 days and hosted thousands of visitors A photo exhibition featuring the horrors of the Khojaly genocide was organized on 17-28 February in Denizli, Turkey, jointly by ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the Khojaly genocide at Dialogue Television of Northern Cyprus

February 26th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, joined the live broadcast of the Diyalog Television of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and talked about the Khojaly genocide, on February ...

The debate on the Khojaly genocide and the Karabakh conflict at the live broadcast of TRT World – Matthew Bryza, Ahmad Shahidov and Richard Giragosian

February 26th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Turkey, participated in debates at live broadcast of the “Newsmakers” program of TRT World. Former US ...

Ahmad Shahidov speaks of Europe’s double standards at “Justice for Khojaly” conference at Istanbul Aydin University

February 26th, 2018

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, the “Justice for Khojaly” Week has been launched in Istanbul, Turkey. Reformist Youth Public Union has been organizing for already six years the “Justice ...

Discussions on Khojaly genocide, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Azerbaijani hostages at Turkish “Ulusal Channel” Television

February 24th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit in Turkey, was a guest at the live broadcast of Turkish “Ulusal Channel” Television, on February 24. ...

Ahmad Shahidov made a speech at the conference “Justice for Khojaly” held at Istanbul Altınbash University

February 23rd, 2018

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, the “Justice for Khojaly” Week has been launched in Istanbul, Turkey. Reformist Youth Public Union has been organizing for already six years the “Justice ...

Ahmad Shahidov met with Ombudsman of Albania Mrs. Erinda Ballanca

February 3rd, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Europe, met with Ombudsman of Albania Mrs. Erinda Ballanca in Tirana on February 2. During the ...

Ahmad Shahidov meets Albanian religious leader Anastasios Yannoulatos

February 2nd, 2018

An exchange of views on freedom of religion in Albania was also held during the meeting Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to ...

Ahmad Shahidov visited the Turkish Embassy in Hungary

January 30th, 2018

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Europe, visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic in Budapest. Meeting with Ambassador Ahmet Akif Oktay, ...

“Our activity in the PACE Winter Session has changed the international approach to issue of the Azerbaijani hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov

January 29th, 2018

The Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was held on January 22-26 in Strasbourg, France. On the first day of the Session, the new president and vice-presidents of PACE, Commissioner ...

The issue of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev was discussed in PACE Winter Session

January 26th, 2018

During the discussions in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, members of the Azerbaijani delegation conducted intensive work on the humanitarian consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Azerbaijani IDPs and hostages. The Winter ...

“We will raise the issue of Azeri hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev at the PACE Winter Session” – Ahmad Shahidov

January 18th, 2018

The Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be held in Strasbourg from 22 to 26 January. The PACE will elect its President and a new Commissioner for Human Rights. ...

Issue of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev was discussed on “Channel T” Television of Northern Cyprus

December 29th, 2017

Answering questions of “Haber +” TV Program’s presenter Mrs. Ferda Ekinchi, the human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov shared his views on Turkey-Azerbaijan-North Cyprus relations Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human ...

“We believe in the release of Azerbaijani hostages in the coming months and strengthened our activity in this direction” – Ahmad Shahidov

December 11th, 2017

Human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov spoke in an exclusive interview to CBC Azerbaijan TV on the work done to release Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for ...

The European Parliament was informed about the killing of 2-year-old Zahra

November 23rd, 2017

Speaking at the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee meeting, Human Rights Defender Ahmad Shahidov said that the armenian armed forces targets the civilian population in the frontline Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for ...

Ahmad Shahidov visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Hungary

November 21st, 2017

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, who is on a working visit to Europe, visited the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Budapest. During the meeting ...

Ahmad Shahidov met with the High Commissioner for Refugees and Migrants of Serbi

November 10th, 2017

On November 10, the Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in Europe, met with the High Commissioner for Refugees and Migrants of ...

Ahmad Shahidov met with the Serbian Ombudsman Mr. Zoran Pashalich

November 8th, 2017

On November 8, the Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in Europe, met with the Ombudsman of Republic of Serbia Mr. Zoran ...

Ahmad Shahidov speaks about the truths of Azerbaijan at a meeting with Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina

November 7th, 2017

On November 7, the Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov, who is on a working visit in Europe, met with the Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mrs. Jasminka ...

Issue of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev raised at OSCE Vienna meeting

November 6th, 2017

On November 6, the meeting of the OSCE on “The Role of Media in Counteracting of Disinformation, “Hate Speech” and Radicalization” took place in Vienna, Austria. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, and OSCE ...

“Human rights and freedoms shouldn’t limit the national security of the countries” – Ahmad Shahidov speaks at the OSCE Vienna meeting

October 18th, 2017

The meeting of the OSCE on “Human Rights and National Security of Countries” took place in Vienna, Austria today. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, and OSCE executive structures, representatives of inter-governmental organizations, legal ...

“Google and Facebook have become more favorable for terrorism and separatism” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the internet freedom at the OSCE Vienna Meeting

October 15th, 2017

Today the International Conference, organized by The Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and the Czech Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers continued its work in Vienna, Austria. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE ...

The Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims is launching an investigation into Azerbaijani hostages

October 13th, 2017

Being on a working visit in Europe, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov visited The Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in Budapest. The Human Rights Defender, ...

A protest action was held in front of the Armenian embassy in Warsaw on Azerbaijani hostages

September 22nd, 2017

Kurdoglu Asgarov, the son of Dilgam Asgarov, who was taken hostage by armenians in Kalbajar, held a protest action in front of the Armenian embassy in Poland. Kurdoghlu Asgarov demanded freedom to Azeri hostages in ...

“One million Azerbaijani refugees are victims of humanitarian disaster” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the armenian occupation at the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 21st, 2017

On September 21, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“The economic, social and cultural rights of the Turkish Cypriots are in danger” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke of embargoes facing Northern Cyprus at OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 20th, 2017

On September 20, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“I came here to say that no news from my father since last 7 months” – Dilgam Asgarov’s son spoke at the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 19th, 2017

On September 19, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“This photo is a clear example of armenian fascism” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke of 2-year-old Zahra at OSCE Warsaw meeting

September 18th, 2017

On September 18, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, ...

“The mutual relations of Azerbaijan and Georgian people can be an example for Europe” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the ethnic situation in the South Caucasus at the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 15th, 2017

On September 15, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Mosques in Shusha, Aghdam and Kalbajar collapsed, armenian churches built on site” – Ahmad Shahidov criticized Armenia at the OSCE Warsaw meeting

September 14th, 2017

On September 14, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“There are equal political opportunities for everyone in Azerbaijan” – Ahmad Shahidov criticized double standards towards Azerbaijan at the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 13th, 2017

On September 13, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the democratic reforms and elections in South Caucasus at the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 12th, 2017

On September 11, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Dilgam Asgarov’s son’s speech at OSCE will increase international attention to our hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov

September 11th, 2017

On September 11, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) starts its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the importance of social media in the life of youth in the trainings in Ganja

July 25th, 2017

The opening ceremony of the project “School of Young Bloggers”, organised by the New Azerbaijan Party Ganja City Organization and the Reformist Youth Public Union, was held on July 24 with the support of the ...

The killing of 2 year old Zahra was discussed in Television of Islamic Republic of Iran

July 13th, 2017

The killing of civilians by the armenian armed forces in the Alkhanli village of Fuzuli region of Azerbaijan is also in the international press. Killing of two-year-old Zahra Guliyeva by armenian armed forces was spoke ...

“We try to overcome the existing double standards with respect to the Azerbaijani hostages” – Ahmad Shahidov talked to CBC Azerbaijan Television

July 12th, 2017

It is already 3 years that Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev have been taken hostage by armenian armed forces. On July 11, 2014, three Azerbaijani civilians – Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Hasan ...

The killing of 2 year old Zahra was discussed in Cyprus State Television

July 10th, 2017

The killing of civilians by the armenian armed forces in the Alkhanli village of Fuzuli region of Azerbaijan is also in the international press. Killing of two-year-old Zahra Guliyeva by armenian armed forces was spoke ...

“Armenia, which targets civilians, brutally violates the Geneva Conventions” – CBC Azerbaijan TV

July 6th, 2017

On July 4 at about 20:40 (GMT+4 hours), the Armenian armed forces again violated ceasefire and, using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers, shelled Azerbaijani positions and territories where the civilian population lives, namely ...

“International youth conference, planned in Khankandi is an act of sabotage by Armenia” – CBC Azerbaijan Channel

June 21st, 2017

According to armenian media, it is planned to hold an international youth conference in occupied Azerbaijani city of Khankandi on 14-17 September, 2017. Alleged aim of the conference organized by the Ministry of Sport and ...

AIDHR calls for lifting of Qatar blockade: “This is a violation of international law”

June 12th, 2017

Dr. Ahmad Shahidov: “We condemn actions taken against Qatar” Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of “supporting terrorists” and their arch-adversary Iran ...

Discussions about the Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Gouliyev in Cyprus State Television

March 1st, 2017

Human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov gave detailed information about Khodjaly Genocide and Azerbaijani hostages in “Gundem Arti” (“Agenda Plus”) program of BRT State Television of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. To be in the working ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the Khodjaly Genocide and Azerbaijani hostages in Cyprus TV

February 27th, 2017

Human rights defender was a guest of the “Cyprus Agenda” broadcast in Cyprus TV of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus To be in the working visit in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Head of Azerbaijan ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the Khodjaly Genocide and Azerbaijani hostages in Istanbul Culture University

February 24th, 2017

“Justice for Khodjaly” Week, organized by Reformist Youths Public Union, held its next conference in Istanbul Culture University On 24th February, “Justice for Khodjaly” conference, organized by Reformist Youths Public Union, was held in Istanbul ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke at the “Justice for Khodjaly” conference in Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University

February 23rd, 2017

On 23rd February, “Justice for Khodjaly” conference, organized by Reformist Youths Public Union, was held in Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University. Made a welcome speech in the conference, chairman of RYPU Mr. Farid Shahbazli gave short information about the “Khodjaly Genocide” and ...

“There is a great potential for development of the Qatar-Azerbaijan relations” – Ahmad Shahidov

February 21st, 2017

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights organised in Doha an international conference on “Human rights-based approach to conflict situations in the Arab region” on February 20 and 21. ...

Qatar to host international conference of ombudsmen and human rights activists from Muslim countries

February 20th, 2017

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights organised in Doha an international conference on “Human rights-based approach to conflict situations in the Arab region” on February 20 and 21. Held under ...

Ahmad Shahidov talked about Azerbaijani hostages in “Chestno Govorya” TV program – CBC Azerbaijan Channel

February 3rd, 2017

Human rights defender responded to questions of journalist Mehriban Gasimova and talked about the work done in Europe for releasing Azerbaijani hostages In Febuary 3, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Ahmad ...

“Armenia ignores the international calls” – Ahmad Shahidov talked to CBC Azerbaijan

February 2nd, 2017

Human Rights Defender Ahmad Shahidov says that armenian authorities ignores the international laws and Europe countries turn a blind eye to it In his interview to CBC Azerbaijan Channel on February 2, Head of Azerbaijan ...

Ahmad Shahidov talked about the international support to Azerbaijani hostages – CBC Azerbaijan Channel

February 1st, 2017

On February 1, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov gave an interview to CBC Azerbaijan Channel and talked about the work done for sake of defending rights of the ...

National Hero of Ukraine Nadejda Savchenko joins to defence of Azerbaijani hostages

January 27th, 2017

Human Rights Defender Ahmad Shahidov met with Member of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) Nadejda Savchenko During his working visit in Ukraine on January 27, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Ahmad ...

Ahmad Shahidov talked about Azerbaijani hostages in the meeting with the Chair of Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation

January 24th, 2017

Human Rights Defender gave an information about the Azerbaijani displaced persons to Mr. Gibril Deen During his working visit to Europe on January 24, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Ahmad Shahidov ...

“The official institutions and civil society are working systematically on hostages from Kalbajar” – Ahmad Shahidov gave an interview to “Sahar” channel

December 12th, 2016

In his live interview to “Free Arena” program in Hamburg, Germany, Head of AIDHR informed about the 23rd Meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council and spoke about the work being done within the framework of the ...

“Court decision on Dilgam and Shahbaz is contrary to the Geneva Convention of 1949” – Report on the hostages from Kalbajar in OSCE Seminar

November 23rd, 2016

On November 23, OSCE Human Dimension Seminar “Promoting effective and integral justice systems: how to ensure the independence and quality of the judiciary” has ended in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the activity of the independent judiciary in the OSCE Warsaw Meeting

November 22nd, 2016

On November 21-23, OSCE Human Dimension Seminar “Promoting effective and integral justice systems: how to ensure the independence and quality of the judiciary” took place in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“The armenian society is in information blockade and fed with false information” – Sargsyan regime has been exposed in the OSCE

November 11th, 2016

The third OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) on the topic of National Minorities, Bridge Building and Integration has concluded its work in Vienna, Austria on 11 November 2016. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE ...

“While armenian church is protected in Azerbaijan, the mosques in Shusha, Agdam have been destroyed” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke at the meeting of the OSCE in Vienna

November 10th, 2016

The third OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) on the topic of National Minorities, Bridge Building and Integration has started its work in Vienna, Austria on 10 November 2016. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE ...

“The greatest patron of children in Azerbaijan is Mehriban Aliyeva” – the speech about children’s rights in OSCE

September 29th, 2016

On September 29, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, ...

“Europe may benefit from Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke in OSCE

September 26th, 2016

On September 26, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE Participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE Participating States, OSCE ...

“Proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan are based on the rule of law” – Ahmad Shahidov made a speech in OSCE

September 23rd, 2016

On September 23, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE Participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE Participating States, OSCE ...

“Azerbaijani model of the fight against human trafficking can be an example for Europe” – Ahmad Shahidov made a speech in OSCE

September 22nd, 2016

On September 22, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE Participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE Participating States, OSCE ...

“Azerbaijani opposition holds rally 3 times a week” – Ahmad Shahidov spoke in OSCE

September 21st, 2016

On September 21, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE Participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continued its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE Participating States, OSCE institutions, ...

“Radicalism and extremism have no social base in Azerbaijan” – Ahmad Shahidov

June 30th, 2016

Head of AIDHR spoke at the conference, organized in Lerik region On June 30, Conference on “Youths against religious radicalism and extremism” has been organized by Reformist Youths Public Union in Lerik region. Attended by ...

“Our activity consists of service to Azerbaijan” – Ahmad Shahidov, Head of AIDHR

May 17th, 2016

Ahmad Shahidov presented a report on the occasion of 2 years anniversary of the founding of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights On June 1, Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights celebrates ...

7th Global Baku Forum: is the co-existence possible in Nagorno-Karabakh?

April 29th, 2016

The 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on the theme “Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal” have been ended on April 27. At the panel discussion which joined by ...

Al Jazeera: “Armenian armed forces intensively break cease fire throughout Tartar, Fuzuli and Goranboy”

April 8th, 2016

Al Jazeera TV channel broadcasted a live program from Tartar region of Azerbaijan as the tension is escalated in the frontline of Azerbaijan and Armenia on April 7. The program demonstrated ruins of civilians properties ...

“Armenian armed forces target civilians who reside alongside the frontline” – Ahmad Shahidov

April 7th, 2016

On April 7 Ahmad Shahidov, Human rights defender visited homes and properties in Tartar that destroyed as the result of Armenian side’s artillery shots. Together with correspondents of Al Jazeera special the program has been prepared during which Head of ...

UN Human Rights Council’s 31st regular session kicks off

February 29th, 2016

The session brought together high ranked officials in Geneva UN 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council has kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland on February 29. The session which attended by high ranked state ...

Silent protest on hostages of Khalbajar district to be held at the European Parliament

February 16th, 2016

Human rights defender held a silent protest on demanding release of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, hostages of Kalbajar district, through the display of their photos Being invited to the European Parliament debates “Tendencies of ...

UN brings together human rights advocates around Muslim countries for conducting discussions in Qatar

January 13th, 2016

Head of AIDHR Ahmad Shahidov also attends international human rights conference to be organized in Doha The international human rights conference to be organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ...

Radicalism, terror and human rights to be discussed at the European Parliament

December 11th, 2015

Ahmad Shahidov commented on multiculturalism traditions of Azerbaijan European Parliament’s hearing on “Religion, Security and Human Rights” has been conducted in Brussels, Belgium on December 10. The meeting which attended by officials, religious leaders, human ...

Parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan to be discussed at the Standing Committee meeting of PACE

November 27th, 2015

Standing Committee meeting of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has been held in Sofia, Bulgaria On November 27 Standing Committee meeting of PACE has been conducted in Sofia, Bulgaria. The issues of human ...

“Human rights are becoming less important in the UN agenda” – Ahmad Shahidov

November 19th, 2015

Attending United Nations Forum in Geneva on November 16-18, Ahmad Shahidov, head of AIDHR shared his views on conducted discussions The 4th Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights has been organized in ...

Ahmad Shahidov talks about negative aspects of juridical system of Azerbaijan – OSCE Warsaw Meeting

September 24th, 2015

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has continued its next session on September 24. Being attended by high raked officials, ministers, Ambassadors, NGOs representatives and ...

Human Rights advocates around world get together for debating extremism

September 15th, 2015

The international conference under the titled of “Combating Hate Speech and Extremism” is organized by the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (NHRC) in Doha on September 15. Groundbreaking gathering attended by human rights advocates, ombudsmen and ...

Ahmad Shahidov holds discussions with Cyprus leading human rights advocate

September 4th, 2015

Head of AIDHR puts forward an idea of implementing joint project on supporting rights of Northern Cyprus citizens As a part of his working visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ahmad Shahidov, Head ...

Head of AIDHR makes a speech on mass murder of Muslims in China and Myanmar at OSCE meeting – VIDEO

July 3rd, 2015

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ (ODIHR) two days international conference on “Freedom of Religion or Belief, Fostering Mutual Respect and Understanding” has commenced in Vienna, Austria on July 2. The conference will ...

Head of AIDHR has interviewed “New Eastern Europe” and talked about human rights – VIDEO

June 30th, 2015

During his conversation with Bartosz Marcinkowski, assistant editor of “New Eastern Europe”, Ahmad Shahidov touched on Nagorno Karabakh conflict In the framework of his working visit to Europe Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijani Institute ...

Summer Session of PACE features hearings on Azerbaijan – VIDEO

June 23rd, 2015

Joining the discussions Ahmad Shahidov talked about anti-propaganda campaigns conducted by Armenian MPs On June 23 the next session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has continued in Strasbourg, France. The ...

Human rights defender to discuss human rights issue with OSCE Secretary General

June 20th, 2015

Ahmad Shahidov conveyed his concern to Lamberto Zannier over the closing down OSCE office in Baku Panel discussions of the 10th annual GLOBSEC 2015 Bratislava Global Security Forum is underway. The forum that was attended ...

“Closing down OSCE office in Baku raises a concern” – AIDHR

June 8th, 2015

Ahmad Shahidov: ”OSCE plays an important role in ensuring democracy in Azerbaijan and peaceful solution of Nagorno Kharabakh conflict” Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a letter to OSCE headquarter ...

AIDHR conducts monitoring on the National Council‘s demonstration to be held on 5 April

April 3rd, 2015

Ahmad Shahidov: “I will make a reporting speech on state of freedoms of peaceful assembly in Azerbaijan during the OSCE forthcoming meeting to be held 16-17 April” Members of Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human ...

At the trial in the case of Intigam Aliyev testimony are given in his favor

April 1st, 2015

On Tuesday at the trial in the case of the head of the Legal Enlightenment Society (LES) Intigam Aliyev  victims gave testimonies.  The last spoke Gyulnar Mehdiyeva, a former lawyer of the NGO. According to ...

EU Appreciates Azerbaijan’s Fulfillment of Neighborhood Program

March 30th, 2015

The report of the European Commission on the implementation of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in Azerbaijan in 2014 noted the deterioration of conditions for the activities of civil society, increasing pressure on NGOs, activists ...

Leyla Yunus’s Lawyer about Her Condition

March 25th, 2015

The lawyer of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus, Elchin Gambarov in an interview with Turan told about the state of her health and about the investigation. Question: What is the state of health of ...

U.S. voices concerns over the deteriorating situation for civil society, media in Azerbaijan

March 23rd, 2015

Washington remains concerned about the deteriorating situation for civil society in Azerbaijan, including journalists and media outlets, US Ambassador Daniel Baer, US Representative to the OSCE, noted in his recent statement delivered to the organization’s ...

Bashir Suleymanli: the majority of the prisoners are under the age of 35 years

March 20th, 2015

Bashir Suleymanli, the executive director of the Elections Monitoring and  Democracy’s Studies Center (EMDS) who was released yesterday  in accordance with the presidential decree of pardon, said he expects free more political prisoners. “Of course, ...

Prisoner on a hunger strike is taken to the closed jail

March 20th, 2015

Prisoner Elshan Pashayev  who is on hunger strike from 2 March  in jail N1  will be transferred to a closed prison, Turan was told the prisoner’s mother Lida Pashayeva. According to her,  a trial took ...

Human rights defenders around the world got together in Geneva

February 24th, 2015

7th Annual Geneva Summit on  Human Rights and Democracy kicked off The 7th Summit for Human Rights and Democracy took place in Geneva, on 24 February. High level international summit which brought together about two thousand ...

Re-trial of Lamia Guliyeva Starts

February 13th, 2015

Today at Baku Appeal Court a preparatory meeting was held on the case of Lamia Guliyeva, who was convicted twice while in prison and after giving birth to a child there. Lamia Guliyeva in 2003 ...

Civil Rights Defenders defend Emin Huseynov

February 13th, 2015

International human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders called on the Azerbaijani authorities to drop charges against well-known Azerbaijani activist Emin Huseynov. The statement says that Huseynov was forced to seek asylum in the Embassy of ...

The Azerbaijani government does not comply with the decision of the ECHR

February 11th, 2015

The Azerbaijani government is delaying execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of a former police officer Mushvig Jannatov. On July 31, 2014 the ECHR found a violation of ...

Victims Reported No Claims against Rasul Jafarov

February 11th, 2015

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes today continued the trial against the human rights defender Rasul Jafarov. At the beginning of the trial the judge Eldar Ismailov suggested Jafarov testify. However, the human rights activist ...

Ilham Aliyev and Thorbjorn Jagland discuss democracy issues

February 8th, 2015

President Ilham Aliyev within the framework of the Munich Security Conference, met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland. The sides exchanged views on the processes taking place in Azerbaijan, the situation ...

Criminal Case Started into Murder in Courtroom in Balakan

February 5th, 2015

A criminal case has been initiated on the murder in the courtroom in Balakan. On February 4 at the hearing one of the victims on this criminal case, Elshan Hipiyev attacked with a knife on ...

Preliminary hearing in the caseof Siraj Kerimli

February 5th, 2015

Baku  Serious  Crimes Court, chaired by Ahmed Guliyev, held a preparatory hearing in the case Siraj Kerimli accused  of  having drugs. He is the son of an activist of the party “Musavat”, Ragif Kerimli, brother ...

Representatives of the Ombudsman seeking the father of Lamia Guliyeva’s child

February 4th, 2015

On behalf of the Ombudswoman, the members of the National Preventive Force on the Prevention of Torture visited a prisoner whom the convicted Lamia Guliyeva called the father of her child.  Lamia Guliyeva was convicted ...

PFPA activist in Nakhchivan sentenced to imprisonment

February 3rd, 2015

Trial  in the case of Hijran Qasimov, the activist of  Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), who is accused of drug possession, finished today in the Nakhchivan City Court. The court sentenced him to 2.5 ...

Intigam Aliyev protesting against the actions of the court refused to testify

February 3rd, 2015

At the trial in the case of Intigam Aliyev  the  defense made a new application. According to  the lawyer Shahla Humbatova, in particular, was put forward a request for an examination of handwriting signatures delivered ...

IBAHRI Calls on Azerbaijan Court Not to Disbar Defense Lawyer Khalid Bagirov

February 2nd, 2015

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Azerbaijan’s Nizami District Court not to disbar criminal defense lawyer Khalid Bagirov, and to ensure that the hearing, scheduled for 2 February 2015, respects his right to ...

Rasul Jafarov: Court will prove my innocence

February 2nd, 2015

On February 2will be the sixth  month since the arrest of human rights activist Rasul Jafarov. In  the interview with Turan, he shared his impressions of his criminal case, and life in captivity. Q: Six ...

Arrested activist initiates campaign “Voices of Victims”

January 20th, 2015

Arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov initiated the campaign “Voices of Victims”. The purpose of the initiative  is  to assess the mass murder of civilians in Baku on 20 January 1990 the Soviet troops from ...

Aynur Imranova: I Am Interrogated Daily

January 17th, 2015

The investigative journalist Aynur Imranova after the arrest of her colleague Khadija Ismailova (December 6) is almost daily questioned by the prosecutor as a witness. As Imranova told Turan, she is alternately questioned in the ...

Kura flood victim go to Strasbourg

January 17th, 2015

The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan considered  14 complaints of citizens against the Ministry of Emergency Situations. All of them were affected by flooding in the Kura river four years ago. According to the staff of ...

Elchin Behbudov holds monitoring in jail of MNS

January 17th, 2015

The head of the Committee against Torture, Elchin Behbudov,within the frameworks of the  monitoring of prison MNS,  visited the former chief of department of the  Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) Elshan Mustafayev, who is accused of ...

Property Rights for Realty Created or Acquired Prior to June 29, 2004 to Be Recognized in Azerbaijan

January 15th, 2015

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed on January 13 a decree “On approval of the List of documents proving entitlement to acquired or created properties before the entry into force of the Law of AR “On ...

Behbudov: Armenian Soldier Expressed Desire to Go to Another Country

January 14th, 2015

The head of the Azerbaijani Committee against Torture Elchin Behbudov during the monitoring of the guardhouse of the Military Police of the Ministry of Defense met with the Armenian serviceman Arsen Baghdasaryan contained there along ...

Washington event: US backs independent voices, seeks ‘engagement’ with Azerbaijan

January 13th, 2015

Washington on Monday made it clear that it will continue to support independent voices in Azerbaijan while seeking a way to “engage constructively” with the Azeri government. “We want to engage with Azerbaijan more vigorously ...

Sentence on Yadigar Sadigov Reduced

January 13th, 2015

The Supreme Court today declined 6 months in the jail term for the deputy chairman of Musavat Yadigar Sadigov. This was on the Facebook page of the head of Musavat, Arif Hajili. The head of ...

The Supreme Court postpones consideration of the complaint of Ilgar Mamedov and Tofig Yagublu

January 13th, 2015

On Tuesday a Supreme Court, chaired by Imran Hajibayov, started hearing in the case of the leader of REAL Ilgar Mamedov and deputy chairman of the party “Musavat” Tofig Yagublu convicted in connection with the ...

Popular Front Party Activist Elvin Abdullayev Arrested for 4 Months

January 12th, 2015

The Khatai District Court of Baku on January 10 selected a preventive measure of arrest for the activist of the Youth Committee of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Elvin Abdullayev for a period ...

Anar Mammadov is transferred to jail N13

January 6th, 2015

Quarantine period of human rights activist Anar Mammadov, who was transferred to jail N13, completed his relatives told. In spite of certain health problems, Mammadov maintains good spirits. He did not complain about the conditions ...

Situation in Azerbaijan to Be Discussed in Washington

January 5th, 2015

Hearings on the situation in Azerbaijan will be held in Washington D.C. on January 12. The discussion entitled “Silencing independent voices in Azerbaijan” is organized by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). As noted in ...

The case of Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyevis sent to court

January 5th, 2015

Criminal cases against human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyev were transferred to the Baku Serious  Crimes Court. In the near future the appointment of judges who will consider the case, is expected, according ...

Azerbaijan to hold municipal elections today

December 23rd, 2014

15,035 members will be elected to 1,607 municipalities as the result of voting to be held in 118 constituencies, except the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. 37,077 candidates are running in the municipal elections. Candidates of ...

26th Anniversary of Deportation of Azerbaijanis from Armenia

December 22nd, 2014

26 years have passed since the last deportation of Azerbaijanis from Armenia. Azerbaijani population was expelled from the 172 settlements on the territory of 8,000 square kilometers. The total number of people deported in the ...

Court of Appeal upholds the young activist in jail

December 22nd, 2014

Baku Court of Appeal refused to satisfy the complaint of a member of the NIDA Movement Omar Mamedov, who asked to cancel the decision of the Court of First Instance and justify it. Omar Mamedov ...

Islamic Party Asks President to Release Islamists

December 22nd, 2014

The Islamic Party asked the head of state to the release the convicted members of the party from prison. The appeal says about the humanism of Islam and the construction of new mosques in Azerbaijan. ...

PFPA Activist Arrested for 25 Days

December 19th, 2014

Sabirabad District Court on December 18 arrested for 25 days the Popular Front Party activist Miraga Abbasov on charges of resisting arrest and evading military service. The Deputy Chairman of PFPA, Abulfaz Gurbanli told Turan ...

CM Council of Europe calls for the immediate release of Ilgar Mamedov

December 19th, 2014

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe addressed the issue of execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case on the complaint of Ilgar Mamedov. The Committee ...

Court of Appeals Keeps Rasul Jafarov behind Bars

December 19th, 2014

Today the Baku Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the human rights defender Rasul Jafarov to replace his arrest by house arrest. As the Lawyer Gunay Ismayilova told Turan, the decision of the court ...

Court of Appeal Left NIDA Activists Behind Bars

December 17th, 2014

The Court of Appeal chaired by Hasan Akhmedov upheld the verdict on 6 activists of the youth organization NIDA. As the correspondent of Turan reported, in the courtroom were representatives of the diplomatic corps. Upon ...

“Prior to the municipality elections some irregularities have occurred” – AIDHR

December 16th, 2014

An election will be held for the local self-government circles – municipalities in Azerbaijan on December 23, 2014. Far in advance of Election Day Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) made a statement ...

Heavier charges Against Rasul Jafarov

December 14th, 2014

The investigation brought a new charge against the arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov. According to his lawyer Gunay Ismayilova, the new charges are as follows: forgery and misappropriation – Articles 313 and 179.3.2 of ...

Madat Guliyev: Leila Yunus does not have health problems

December 12th, 2014

The head of the Prison Service Madat Guliyev said  that the arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus does not suffer from any health problems. He also denied reports about violation of their rights. Today, in ...

Red Cross Workers Visited the Arrested Kelbajar Men

December 12th, 2014

Employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the Azerbaijani prisoners in Karabakh, Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev. These former residents of the Kelbajar region were arrested by the Armenian side in June ...

The US Embassy Put Forward Leyla Yunus for Prize For Courage

December 11th, 2014

The US Embassy in Azerbaijan put forward Leyla Yunus for one of the most prestigious international awards of the world, For Courage (International Women of Courage Award) established by the US State Department. This award ...

Secretary General of Council of Europe: Khadija Ismayilova Should Be Released Immediately

December 9th, 2014

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland demanded the immediate release of the arrested journalist Khadija Ismayilova. In his statement of 9 December Jagland expressed concern about the decision of the court ...

PACE President Condemns Arrest of Khadija Ismayilova

December 8th, 2014

PACE President Anne Brasseur expressed deep concern over the arrest of journalist Khadija Ismayilova. “Taking into account the recent arrests of prominent human rights defenders – many of whom are valuable partners of the Council ...

Representatives of Working Group Call on Attorney General to Release Intigam Aliyev

November 27th, 2014

NGO representatives in the joint working group (JWG) on Human Rights appealed to the General Prosecutor’s Office to release the human rights defender Intigam Aliyev and create the conditions for his treatment. Turan was reported ...

Prison Service: State of Leyla Yunus Normal

November 24th, 2014

The Prison Service has denied the statement of lawyers on the deteriorating health status of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus. “Reports of health problems at Leyla Yunus are unfounded. Leyla Yunus is in a ...

Amnesty International Concerned for Intigam Aliyev

November 20th, 2014

Amnesty International expressed concern about the deteriorating state of the “prisoner of conscience” Intigam Aliyev and refusal to provide him with medical care. Amnesty International calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release ...

Ilgar Mamedov Appeals

November 15th, 2014

Yesterday the lawyer Fuad Agayev filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in connection with the leader of the Movement REAL Ilgar Mamedov. As the lawyer told Turan, in the complaint, he asks to cancel ...

European Court rules in favor of Azerbaijani believers

November 15th, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights found a violation of the rights of citizens of Azerbaijan Azer Samedov and Ilgar Allahverdiyev (Ibrahimoglu) for the freedom of assembly guaranteed by Article 11 of the Convention on ...

Authorities Preparing New Law “On Advertising”

November 15th, 2014

On Friday, the Economic Policy Committee of the Milli Mejlis (MM) held a public discussion of the draft of the new law “On Advertising”. The hearing was attended by the head of the unit Safa ...

Prosecutors Return Materials on Cases sent by Intigam Aliyev to European Court

October 28th, 2014

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan returned the materials seized during a search of the office of Intigam Aliyev relating to cases of citizens in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Turan was told ...

The term of arrest of Leyla Yunus extended for another 4 months

October 24th, 2014

Today the Nasimi District Court under the chairmanship of Babak Panahov reviewed the General Prosecutor Office’s requirement to extend the arrest of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus. The lawyer Elchin Gambarov told Turan the ...

The term of Intigam Aliyev’s arrest extended for three months

October 24th, 2014

Today the Nasimi District Court of Baku considered the submission of the prosecution to extend the arrest of the head of the Legal Education Society Intigam Aliyev. The court granted  the request and extended the ...

The next municipal elections are scheduled for December 23

October 21st, 2014

The next municipal elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for December 23, 2014. This decision  has been adopted today  by the  CEC of Azerbaijan. According to Mazahir Panahov, the head of the Central Election Commission, since ...

Parliament tightens the requirements for foreign donors

October 19th, 2014

The Milli Majlis amended the legislation on NGOs introducing toughened conditions for the activities of foreign donors. In particular, amendments were adopted to the laws “On the non-governmental organizations (public associations and foundations)” and “On ...

Armenians preparing trial over Kalbacar “partisans”

October 19th, 2014

The first session of the court in the case of Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarova, two Azerbaijani citizens detained in the  Kalbajar  region, will take place in the court of Khankendi on October 27. Notably, ...

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: “Washington we cannot decree”

October 17th, 2014

Successive attempts of the U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan is absolutely unacceptable, said Acting Foreign Ministry spokesman Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev, commenting on the statement of the  spokesman of the U.S. State Department ...

Intigam Aliyev continues advocacy in jail

September 9th, 2014

The lawyer Anar Gasymly visited the human rights defender Intigam Aliyev in Baku Prison N1 on September 6. However wardens again censored the records prepared by the human rights activist for the lawyer. Turan was ...

Head of AIDHR attends discussions held with UN representatives

September 9th, 2014

United Nations Office in Azerbaijan hosted a meeting with participation of leading Human rights defenders and heads of NGOs on September 8. In the frame of gathering representatives of sub-Committee Against Torture (CAT) established in ...

A man who attacked journalist Seymour Hazy is arrested

September 6th, 2014

Muharram Hasanov,  who  made a provocation against journalist Seymour Hazy, is arrested.  On August 29 employee “Azadlig” newspaper and a leading on-line program “Azerbaijani hour” Seymur Ghazi was arrested in the village of Jeyranbatan.  On ...

IREX appeal against the actions of the investigators in court

September 6th, 2014

On Friday September, 5th, representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office came unannounced to the IREX office in Baku. They brought an order issued by the Court of Yasamal, and took away all computers, and other equipment ...

Amnesty International calls to immediately, impartially and effectively investigate the attack on Ilgar Nasibov

September 6th, 2014

Independent Azerbaijani journalist, Ilgar Nasibov, and his family continue receiving threats after he was brutally attacked by unidentified people on 21 August. Azerbaijani journalist and human rights defender Ilgar Nasibov was severely beaten by unidentified ...

Nasibov is recognized a victim, but not serious

September 5th, 2014

Human rights activist and journalist  Ilgar Nasibov,  who was brutally beaten by a group of persons on August 21 in  Nakhchivan, was invited today  to the police department of the city of Nakhchivan, and was ...

Videos refute the version of investigators on Ismayilli events

September 5th, 2014

At the trial of Ismayilli events on Thursday  the Sheki Court of Appeal watched videos. According to special correspondent of  Turan, in the video, filmed by the Task Group of the  Prosecutor’s Office  on January ...

Nasibov: There are still threats to our security

September 3rd, 2014

Brutally beaten in Nakhchivan August 21 the activist Ilgar Nasibov does not feel safe. Nasibov returned to Nakhchivan in the evening on September 1 after a brief medical examination in Turkey. “At the moment I’m ...

The court accepted complaint against Eldaniz Guliyev

September 2nd, 2014

Today the Nasimi District Court of Baku started considering the complaint against the Chairman of the Association of the intelligentsia, Movie Director Eldaniz Guliyev. The judge in the case is Khanum Hasanova. As Eldaniz Guliyev ...

Shahin Hasanli: Radicals discredit Islam

September 1st, 2014

Incitement to hatred between the trends in Islam contradicts the ideas of religion. The basic idea of ​​the Koran is precisely in uniting Muslims around shared values. If a group of people using the slogans ...

Gubad Ibadoglu: Accusations against NGOs is absurdity

September 1st, 2014

The Nasimi and Sabail district courts arrested bank accounts  of the known economic expert Gubad Ibadoglu and the  Center for Civic Initiatives (CCI) led by him. Last week Ibadoglu himself  was questioned as a witness ...

Pressure on Leyla Yunus does not stop in jail

August 30th, 2014

The arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus sent to the Committee for the Protection of her rights a letter, which reports on pressure on her in the Baku Prison N 1. This was at the ...

Developers refused registration of housing certificates

August 30th, 2014

For half a year as developers do not issue housing certificates to raise funds for housing finance. Although housing construction in Azerbaijan during this time acquired a higher scale. Regulatory framework for the issuance and ...

At trial of the son of human rights defender O.Gyulalyev

August 29th, 2014

In Khatai District Court on Friday under the chairmanship of Bakhtiyar Mammadov held a preparatory meeting on the case of 17-year-old Ali Gyulalyev – the son of a human rights activist Oktay Gyulalyev. He is ...

Court upholds Rasul Jafarov in custody

August 28th, 2014

Baku Court of Appeal (ALS) considered the complaint of human rights activist Rasul Jafarov asking to replace his arrest on house arrest. The appeal stated that Jafarov does not intend to hide from the investigation ...

Ch. Strasser: systemic suppression of civil society in Azerbaijan

August 28th, 2014

«Since July this year another and more systematic narrowing the scope of the activities of civil society in Azerbaijan is observed,” stated former PACE rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan ,Christopher Strasser. Currently, he is ...

State Department condems beating of Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist

August 28th, 2014

Spokeperson of the US State Department Jen Psaki has made a statement about severe beating of Ilgar Nasibov. “We condemn the August 21 beating in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan of noted civil society activist Ilgar Nasibov, ...

Low level of public services

August 28th, 2014

In 2000, the housing stock of the country at 27.7% was achieved with hot water, to July 1, 2014 this kind of utility services provided 8.8% of the housing. The State Statistics Committee considered normal ...

UN experts concerned with the problems of civil society in Azerbaijan

August 28th, 2014

Economic Development of Azerbaijan should be based on human rights and open dialogue. This is the general opinion of the members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, who visited Azerbaijan to ...

8 international organizations call to Investigate brutal attack on Ilgar Nasibov

August 28th, 2014

The brutal attack on the journalist Ilgar Nasibov, in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan, is an outrage and Azerbaijan’s authorities should ensure a prompt, effective and impartial investigation, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, ...

Detained the head of the Geygel department of Musavat

August 27th, 2014

This morning, the Chairman of the Geygel branch of the party Musavat, Sabutay Guluzadeh was detained by police. He was accused that his barn door opens in the direction of a school. Turan obtained the ...

Confidentiality of correspondence of lawyer Intigam Aliyev violated in jail

August 26th, 2014

The Baku prison number 1 violated the confidentiality of correspondence of the contained therein human rights defender Intigam Aliyev and his lawyer Anar Gasymly. As the lawyer told Turan, there are no problems with the ...

The number of abortions increases

August 26th, 2014

According to the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan the number of abortions is constantly growing. Thus, in 2000, women aged 15 to 49 years made ​​95.200 abortions, in 2013 there were – 146,600. Per thousand ...

UN experts will share the primary estimates of the impact of business on human rights

August 26th, 2014

The Working Group of Experts will hold on August 27 press conference at the UN office in Baku, and will present a primary data on the impact of business on human rights in Azerbaijan. Experts ...

Seminar to counter religious extremism

August 25th, 2014

Training seminar devoted to countering religious extremism took place in the region of Lankaran. The event was organized by the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, and is conducted in one of the “sensitive” ...

The owner of the destroyed house fined at 200 AZN

August 25th, 2014

A citizen Azer Asgarov, who owned a private house at 8 Talat Shikhaliyev Street, has been fined by the Narimanov District Court in Baku at 200 manat. Recall that Asgarov leased his mansion as an ...

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry did not recognize presidential elections in Abkhazia

August 25th, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan reiterates its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and declares that it does not recognize the so-called “presidential elections “conducted in Abkhazia, ...

At last forensic examination os Ilgar Nasibov is conducted

August 25th, 2014

On the afternoon on Monday in Nakhchivan was a forensic examination of the human rights activist and journalist Ilgar Nasibov who was severely beaten on August 21. According to Malahat Nasibova, Ilgar’s wife, the conclusion ...

IRFS shames the Council of Europe

August 25th, 2014

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) stated that it is in shock after a near-fatal attack on the well-known journalist Ilgar Nasibov in Azerbaijan. With this attack, which was particularly shocking in its ...

Kuradahani jail accepts the transfer to Leyla Yunus

August 23rd, 2014

Jamil Hasanli, a Chairman of the National Council and a family friend of Leyla Yunus, MD Azad Isazade visited Kurdakhani jail. They took the package to human rights activist Leyla Yunus. According to Jamil Hasanli, ...

Are Azerbaijanis in Dagestan harassed?

August 22nd, 2014

The Azerbaijanis living compactly in the Derbent region of Dagestan protest actions against the unlawful decisions of the leadership of this country, was announced at today’s press conference at the International Press Center, organized by ...

OSCE Representative alarmed by brutal attack on journalist in Azerbaijan

August 22nd, 2014

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today said she was alarmed by yesterday’s violent attack on journalist Ilgar Nasibov in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan. “I call on the authorities to conduct a swift and ...

At the trial of Anar Mammadli Court of Appeal rejected all petitions

August 22nd, 2014

The Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Aflatun Gasimov today held a preliminary hearing on the case of the convicted head of the Election Monitoring Center Anar Mammadli and two other activists, Bashir Suleymanli and ...

Arif Yunus received the first transfer of food and medicine

August 22nd, 2014

The first time since his arrest on August 4, the political expert Arif Yunus was able to get a transfer of food and medicine. The Department of Homeland Security allowed the family friend Azad Isazadeh ...

Hasanov: Azerbaijan does not comply with the CE penal rules

August 21st, 2014

Former political prisoners are concerned about the conditions of the “prisoners of conscience,” said Elshan Hasanov, the coordinator of the Public Alliance “Azerbaijan has no political prisoners.” Despite old age and disease, a known human ...

Trial against human rights defender starts in Salyan

August 21st, 2014

In the Lankaran Court of Grave Crimes today began the proceedings against Emil Mammadov – head of the NGO Promotion of Democracy from Salyan. Mammadov was detained on 13 May and was arrested on charges ...

A number of organizations supporting a single list of political prisoners grows

August 21st, 2014

Public Alliance “Azerbaijan has no political prisoners” issued a statement in support of a single list of political prisoners. The statement authors argue that the list reflects the real picture, and it has been prepared ...

International institutions troubled about health of Leyla Yunus

August 20th, 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests urgent intervention ...

Leyla Yunus in serious condition – lawyer

August 20th, 2014

On August 19 the lawyer Alaif Hasanov visited in detention the human rights defenders Leila Yunus and Intigam Aliyev, reported Radio Liberty. “Leila Yunus is contained in a cell measuring 12 square meters, where there ...

Appeal by blogger Omar Mamedov

August 20th, 2014

Today the Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Jamal Ramazanov held a preliminary hearing on the complaint from the blogger Omar Mamedov, who was sentenced to five years on charges of drug trafficking. The Defense ...

Court upheld Rasul Jafarov custody

August 20th, 2014

Today the Nasimi District Court under the chairmanship of Shalala Hasanova considered the application of the human rights activist Rasul Jafarov to replace the measure of restraint by house arrest. The judge did not grant ...

Azerbaijan strengthens measures against Ebola virus

August 20th, 2014

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Azerbaijan is not included in the risk group of the spread of the Ebola virus. However, the penetration of this dangerous virus cannot be excluded. For this reason, ...

Persecution of rights activists must stop – UN experts call on the Government of Azerbaijan

August 19th, 2014

United Nations human rights experts* today condemned the growing tendency to prosecute prominent human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, and urged the Government “to show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of ...

Preliminary hearing on the appeal of Anar Mammadov postponed

August 18th, 2014

Preliminary hearing in the case of the head of the Election Monitoring Center Anar Mammadov and two other activists, scheduled for August 18 in the Baku Court of Appeal (BCA),  has been postponed. The reason ...

Meeting of the committee to protect the rights of Yunus spouses

August 18th, 2014

Committee to Protect  the spouses  Leyla and Arif   was held on Monday in the office of the Association of Intellectuals. Chairman of the Committee Jamil Hasanli said that the Committee shall protect not only the ...

Flash mob to support human rights activist Rasul Jafarov

August 18th, 2014

A rally to support  the arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov took place in the city of Sheki on the occasion of his 30th birthday. The rally was held in front of the ancient fortress of ...

RWB: Campaign targets include major media support NGOs

August 18th, 2014

The Azerbaijani government has been waging an unprecedented drive since July against human rights advocates, independent journalists, and their supporters. On 14 May, Azerbaijan assumed the chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s ministerial committee. Recent ...

Amnesty International recognized the brothers Kerimli “prisoners of conscience”

August 18th, 2014

Amnesty International has recognized members of the party Musavat Faraj and Siraj Kerimovs arrested on charges of selling drugs prisoners of conscience. In a statement, the organization said that the two brothers were tortured to ...

Nobel Women: Release human rights activist Leyla Yunus

August 18th, 2014

The Nobel Women’s Initiative calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to release human rights defenders Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus. Leyla is the founding director of the Peace and Democracy Institute in Baku and a friend of the Nobel ...

Jamil Hasanli heads committee to protect the rights of spouses Yunus

August 16th, 2014

Ramiz Yunus, brother of the  arrested conflictologist Arif Yunus made ​​a statement in which he thanked all those who supported Leyla and Arif Yunus. Ramiz Yunus, who lives in the USA asked in his statement ...

Group of political parties establish the Joint Center of Legal Protection

August 16th, 2014

A meeting of representatives of political parties in the country dedicated to the issue of political prisoners and government pressure on civil society took place on Friday in the office Classic Popular Front Party . ...

Leyla Yunus: I face moral and physical pressure

August 15th, 2014

Under arrest since July 30, the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunus got a chance to call from Detention Facility №1 in Kurdakhani and report on her conditions. In the talk ...

US urges Baku to release activists, stop freezing organizations’ and individuals’ bank accounts

August 15th, 2014

Amid intensifying crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan, US on Thursday strongly urged Baku authorities to halt the continuing arrests of peaceful activists, to stop freezing organizations’ and individuals’ bank accounts, and to release those ...

Intigam Aliyev could be charged with possession of bladed weapons

August 15th, 2014

Yesterday the investigator investigating the case of the human rights defender Intigam Aliyev appointed an expertise to establish whether the ornamental daggers seized in his apartment are cold weapons. Turan was told by the lawyer ...

Health of Leyla and Arif Yunus remains seriuos

August 14th, 2014

Health of the human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus remains average serious, according to the family friend and physician Azad Isazadewhoc spoke on August 12 on the phone with Yunus. “She suffers from chronic ...

Prosecutor’s office interrogates the lawyer of the IRFS

August 14th, 2014

On Thursday a lawyer of the Institute of Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) Gunay Ismaylova was interrogated for three hours in the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General for Serious Crimes. The interrogation was conducted ...

Murad Adilov arrested for three months

August 13th, 2014

The court arrested Murad Adilov, brother of Natig Adilov, the employee of the newspaper “Azadlig” and press secretary of the leader of the Popular Front Party, for three months on charges of drug possession. On ...

Apellation Court upholds Intigam Aliyev in custody

August 13th, 2014

Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Amira Bayramova considered the appeal of Intigam Aliyev , the head the Legal Enlightenment Society, who appealed his arrest. According to his lawyer Fariz Namazly, the court dismissed the ...

Court trail for the convicted on Ismayilli events will continue on September 3

August 13th, 2014

On Wednesday Sheki Court of Appeal continued the appeal in the case of the convicted on the riots in Ismayilly in January 2013. The Court of Sheki convicted on March 2013, 18 people for participating ...

The term of arrest of Thale Bagirzade extended for another four months

August 13th, 2014

Today Sabunchu District Court of Baku, chaired by Suleyman Agayev completed a new trial in the case of theologian Thale Bagirzade. The court found him guilty under Article 317-1 (storage of prohibited items in the ...

“Statistical figures of suicide rates in Azerbaijan leave deep concerns” – AIDHR

August 13th, 2014

535 suicide facts were registered in 2013; the figures are 260 within 6 months of 2014 Recent increased number of suicide rates in Azerbaijan stems from not only social problems, people’s attitude towards one anther ...

Court of Appeal upheld ex-minister in custody

August 13th, 2014

The Sumgayit Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the former Minister of Foreign Economic Relations Nijat Guliyev, sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment on charges of illegal possession of weapons. The court upheld the verdict ...

Amnesty International: Intigam Aliyev – Prisoner of Conscience

August 13th, 2014

Amnesty International has recognized Azerbaijani human rights activist Intigam Aliyev “prisoner of conscience” and called for his immediate release. In a special statement, Amnesty International, on Tuesday, noted that Aliyev was arrested on trumped up ...

Judge evicts Ilgar Mammadov from the court hall

August 12th, 2014

Today Sheki Court of Appeal considered the appeal on Ismayilli events in 2013. In March 2013 the Sheki Court convicted 18 people for participating and organizing riots in the region of Ismayilly in January of ...

Health of Leyla Yunus deteriorates

August 12th, 2014

The health of a human rights activist Leyla Yunus, who is in Baku prison and suffers from diabetes deteriorated, she told her friends. According to Turan, a civil rights activist, doctor Azad Isazade said that ...

Appeals from Anar Mammadli

August 12th, 2014

The Baku Court of Appeal (BCA) scheduled for August 18 a preliminary hearing on the case of the head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Training Center (EMDTC) Anar Mammadli and two other activists. Recall ...

PFPA activist arrested on charges of drug possession

August 12th, 2014

August 11 armed police came to the house of the father of a PFPA activist, journalist of the newspaper Azadlig Natig Adilov in Sabirabad. “Armed men in masks that came to our place found a ...

Intigam Aliyev kept in prison under severe conditions

August 12th, 2014

Head of the Legal Education Society Intigam Aliyev is still contained in the Baku prison in the so-called “quarantine”, the human rights activist’s daughter Narmin Karimli wrote at her Facebook account. He is still kept ...

CE Secretary General called İlham Aliyev

August 11th, 2014

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland called on Monday to the president İlham Aliyev. By results of the conversation he made a statement: “In a telephone conversation with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan this morning, ...

Nine parties form Committee to Protect the rights of the arrested human righst defenders

August 11th, 2014

Representatives of the opposition forces of Azerbaijan held today at the headquarters of the “Classical” Popular Front (CPFPA) a hearing in connection with the recent arrests of prominent civil society activists. The participants expressed their ...

Pashazade calls on Karekin II to affect the Armenian authorities

August 11th, 2014

Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO), Sheykhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade called on the Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, to influence the Armenian authorities to withdraw troops from Azerbaijani territories, and take a constructive position ...

The Court of Appeals leaves Arif Yunus in custody

August 11th, 2014

Today Baku Appeals Court considered the appeal conflictologist Arif Yunus warrant. Arif Yunus presented when considering complaints, Turan was told by his lawyer Khalid Bagirov. The court dismissed the complaint, leaving Yunus under arrest. On ...

Yunus’s deprivation of diet and medication is dangerous for her condition

August 11th, 2014

The prolonged detention of human rights activist Leyla Yunus, who suffers from an acute form of diabetes, and needs a diet intake and medications, can lead to serious consequences. Such an opinion in an interview ...

Office of IRFS sealed

August 11th, 2014

On Monday morning, the investigating authorities sealed the office of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. The IRFS employees told Turan two prosecutors came to the office and asked to vacate the premises, and ...

Poland condemns politically motivated arrests of Azerbaijani activists

August 11th, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland expresses concern over politically motivated arrests of Azerbaijani civil society activists. The statement of the press-service of the Polish MFA reads: “We were especially dismayed ...

Dunja Mijatovic: Harassment of media freedom activists in Azerbaijan is intensifying

August 9th, 2014

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović deplored today the intensifying harassment of media freedom activists and organizations, most recently the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) and its Chair Emin Huseynov. ...

General IREX office rejects the lie in the Azerbaijani media

August 9th, 2014

IREX states that Anjela Nikoara, its Country Director for Azerbaijan, has never supported any Armenian individual or organization, has never made any pro-Armenian statements (verbal or written), and has never criticized the president of Azerbaijan ...

Law enforcement authorities paralyzed IRFS

August 9th, 2014

After a six-hour search in the office of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) August 8, law enforcement officials seized all electronic media, surveying equipment, financial documents and materials relating to the human ...

The court arrests Intigam Aliyev for three months

August 8th, 2014

In the evening on August 8 the Nasimi district court arrested the head of the Legal Enlightenment Society, Intigam Aliyev, for three months. Aliyev is accused under the Articles: 213.1 (evasion of taxes or contributions ...

List of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, compiled by 12 organizations and lawyers is published

August 8th, 2014

Researcher of “Azadlig” radio, Khadija Ismailova, published a list of political prisoners that had been prepared recently by the working group of 12 lawyers and NGOs. The list includes also the arrested members of the ...

Office and apartment of human rights defender Intigam Aliyev searched (video)

August 8th, 2014

August 8, prosecutors began to search the apartment of the human rights defender Intigam Aliyev and the office of the Legal Education Society he is the head of. Previously, he was summoned to the Investigation ...

Office of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is blocked

August 8th, 2014

At 14:30 pm several police officers and persons in the civilian came to the office of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety, located at R.Beybutov, 85/86. They demanded to open the door, without explaining ...

The Court of Appeals keeps Rasul Jafarov in custody

August 8th, 2014

The Baku Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by human rights activist Rasul Jafarov of his arrest, his lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan. According to him, Jafarov again said he did not consider himself guilty. ...

Alliance “Azerbaijan without political prisoners’ demands release of human rights defenders

August 8th, 2014

The Public Alliance “Azerbaijan without political prisoners” demands the immediate release of all political prisoners and an end to repression against human rights defenders and activists. This is stated in a statement of the Alliance. ...

Deputy Chairman of Terter organization “Musavat” is arrested

August 8th, 2014

The deputy chairman of the regional organization of the party “Musavat” in Terter region , 60-year-old lawyer Khagani Mammadov, was arrested on charges of hooliganism, in connection with the incident on July 23, Turan was ...

The Red Cross does not provide information about the Yunus spouses

August 7th, 2014

The head of the National Council, Jamil Hasanli, visited the Red Cross office in Baku, and asked the organization to visit the arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus, who suffers from severe diabetes and is ...

Azerbaijan does not comply with EU guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

August 7th, 2014

The Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, with the support of the European Commission will visit Azerbaijan to monitor the situation with NGOs. We are talking about the pressure on the civilian sector, which began after ...

French Foreign Ministry about the arrest of Arif Yunus

August 7th, 2014

France deplores the arrest of a known conflict expert Arif Yunus, the spouse of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus, the Foreign Ministry press service of France stated. The statement released to Turan from the ...

Statement by Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle on the arrest of Rasul Jafarov in Azerbaijan

August 7th, 2014

Spoke persons of EU commissioners Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule have made on August 6 the next statement on situation with the civil society of Azerbaijan. “We note with dismay that another prominent human rights ...

Court of Appeal upholds Leyla Yunus in custody

August 6th, 2014

Today Baku Court of Appeal rejected a motion to change the measure of restraint against the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunus. According to Turan lawyer, Javad Javadov, the court upheld ...

European Commissioner concerned with the arrest of Rasul Jafarov

August 6th, 2014

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Affairs Stefan Fule expressed concern over the arrest of the human rights activist Rasul Jafarov in Azerbaijan. The statement recalled that Jafarov was taken into custody after the ...

Jamil Hasanli urged the Red Cross to support spouses Yunus

August 6th, 2014

The Chairman of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) Jamil Hasanli visited the Baku office of the International Committee of the Red Cross. As a member of the Committee to Protect the Rights of ...

Mijatovic: “I call on the authorities to immediately release Rasul Jafarov

August 6th, 2014

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović voiced concern about continuing hostility toward the media in Azerbaijan following the arrest on 2 August of Rasul Jafarov, a free expression advocate and human rights ...

Human Rights House Network appeals to President of Azerbaijan to release human rights defenders

August 6th, 2014

Mr. President, We, the undersigned members and partners of the Human Rights House Network (HRHN) and the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders, call upon the Azerbaijani authorities, through you, Mr President, to immediately ...

Arif Yunus does not break law, a lawyer

August 5th, 2014

Allegations of the General Prosecutor that an employee of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, a conflictologist Arif Yunus violated the order of being under police surveillance, are unfounded, Turan was told by his public ...

Detained Arif Yunus

August 5th, 2014

A known conflict expert at the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) Arif Yunus was arrested today when carrying food to his arrested wife Leyla Yunus in the Baku Detention Center. According to the lawyer ...

Deteriorated health of Leyla Yunus

August 5th, 2014

The health of the arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus has deteriorated. Turan was told by the lawyer Javad Javadov, who visited her on August 4. As a result of the acute form of diabetes, ...

Paris called for the release of Leyla Yunus

August 5th, 2014

Official Paris is concerned about the arrest in Azerbaijan of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus, accused of treason, tax evasion and fraud. “Yunus, with whom the French President Francois Hollande met in Baku during ...

Human Rights Watch: Stop harassment of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

August 5th, 2014

Azerbaijan’s arrest of a leading human rights defender and government critic, Rasul Jafarov, reflects the government’s concerted efforts to silence its critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately secure Jafarov’s release from ...

Amnesty International: In Azerbaijan another prominent human rights defender thrown behind the bars

August 5th, 2014

Rasul Jafarov, a founder of the Human Rights Club (HRC) and a coordinator of the human rights campaign during 2012 Eurovision song contest hosted by Azerbaijan, was arrested on 2 August. The same day, Baku ...

Rasul Jafarov arested arrest for three months

August 2nd, 2014

Today Nasimi district court chose against human rights defender Rasul Jafarov measure – arrested for three months. *** The Prosecutor’s Office brought criminal charges against the human rights activist Rasul Jafarov under three articles of ...

Court of Appeal keeps Musavat member Faraj Kerimli in custody

August 2nd, 2014

Baku Appeal Court on Friday dismissed the appeal on the illegal arrest of a youth activist of the party Musavat Faraj Kerimli, accused of illegal possession and sale of drugs. Turan was told by his ...

Azerbaijan ‘makes mockery of democratic aspirations’ in civil society crackdown, says OSCE PA human rights chair

August 2nd, 2014

COPENHAGEN, 1 August 2014 – Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today deplored the intensifying crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan and ...

Arrested prominent human rights activist Rasul Jafarov

August 2nd, 2014

The human rights activist Rasul Jafarov has been detained. His lawyer Khalid Bagirov said he was summoned to the Investigation Department for Serious Crimes Prosecutor General’s Office and reported that Jafarov wants him to be ...

British Foreign Ministry is concerned about the arrest of Leyla Yunus

August 2nd, 2014

The British Foreign Office expressed concern over the arrest of Leyla Yunus, the Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD.) The press service of the British Foreign Office called the arrest of Yunus ...

The lawyer visits Leyla Yunus

August 1st, 2014

Today lawyer Javad Javadov met in Baku jail with Leila Yunus. The lawyer said that for now his client has no serious health problems. According to the lawyer, Yunus thanks everyone who gave her support. ...

US “deeply concerned” on criminal charges against Yunus family

August 1st, 2014

Washington on Thursday voiced “deep concern” over arrest of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus, and criminal charges against her and her husband, Arif Yunus, who were accused of high treason, tax evasion and ...

European Commissioner for Human Rights condemns the arrest of Leyla Yunus

July 31st, 2014

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Niyls Muzhnieks, condemned the arrest of the known human rights activist Leyla Yunus. In his Twitter account, he wrote that the arrest of Yunus is an indicator ...

The National Council will hold a hearing on the case of Leyla Yunus

July 31st, 2014

A hearing in connection with the arrest of human rights activist Leyla Yunus will be held on August 1, at 12:00 in the office of the Institute for Peace and Democracy. The event will be ...

Mirvari Gahramanli: Investigators try to force Matanat Azizova to give testimony

July 31st, 2014

Committee to Protect the Rights of Petroleum workers has been operating for more than 18 years, and still has not faced pressure, said Mirvari Gahramanli, the head of this NGO in her interview with “Objective ...

HRW:Azerbaijan Leading Rights Defender Arrested

July 31st, 2014

Azerbaijani should immediately secure the release of leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus from pretrial custody, and drop the politically motivated charges against her and her husband Arif Yunus, Human Rights Watch said today. The ...

Norwegian Foundation Human Rights House demands the immediate release of Leyla Yunus

July 31st, 2014

The Norwegian Foundation Human Rights House strongly condemned the arrest of the human rights activist Leyla Yunus and the persecution of her husband, Arif Yunus. “If the charges against the Yunus couple are “confirmed”, then ...

Serious charges against Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus

July 30th, 2014

After questioning lasting for six hours, at 18:10 Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunus, was taken in the black car from the building of the Department for Serious Crimes of the ...

General Prosecutor Office bans a human rights activist to leave the country

July 30th, 2014

General Prosecutor Office imposed has prohibited a human rights activist Rasul Jafarov to leave the country, Jafarov himself told Turan. On July 28 evening, he took the train to Tbilisi, but on June 29 in ...

Leila Yunus delayed, her apartment blocked

July 30th, 2014

At 11:45 am the human rights activist Leila Yunus was detained at her home, her husband Arif Yunusov said. “Leila left the house and was going to go to IRFS for a conference. The car ...

Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunus says about open surveillance.

July 30th, 2014

On July 29 Leyla Yunus said that at about 14:40 hours, a car came “Niva” (No. 10 FZ 120) with two athletic-looking men arrived in the yard of her house at Prospect N.Narimanov 125. One ...

Azerbaijan marks Ramadan Holiday

July 29th, 2014

Believers in Azerbaijan celebrate today the end of the month of Ramadan, Fasting. All mosques in the country are crowded today, and the faithful read public prayers. Completion of Ramadan is celebrated with a prayer ...

Amnesty International: Faraj Karimli can be subjected to torture

July 26th, 2014

An opposition activist Faraj Karimli who missed on July 23  can  be tortured, reads the report of the human rights organization Amnesty International. The organization notes that supposedly he was detained by police and subjected ...

Anar Mammadov is reelected in absentia head of the Elections Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center

July 25th, 2014

On July 24 a meeting of the Elections Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) elected board members. The session reelected Anar Mammadov, who is serving his prison sentence, a chairman of the EMDSC. Vice-Chairmen was ...

Morningstar: Civil society activists and NGOs are not destructive forces

July 25th, 2014

The U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, who is leaving the country due to the completion of his mission, made a farewell speech in the National Museum of Art to the graduates of educational exchange ...

AIDHR: “Detention of young member of Musavat party deteriorates Azerbaijani image in an international level”

July 25th, 2014

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights will raise the issue of Faraj Kerimli’s detention during OSCE meeting to be organized in Warsaw Faraj Kerimli, Deputy Chairman of the Youth Wing of the “Musavat” party ...

EU condemns prison term for NGO leader in Azerbaijan

July 24th, 2014

The EU is concerned by reports that Hasan Huseynli, leader of a respected NGO in Azerbaijan, has been “harshly sentenced” to a lengthy prison term on alleged charges of ‘hooliganism’. This sentence by the Ganja ...

Secretary General of Council of Europe promises to complete the work Insanov

July 24th, 2014

Group members of the public appealed to the Council of Europe in connection with the continuing violation of the rights of the former Minister of Health Ali Insanov. The response of the Secretary-General of the ...

Musavat party member is detained for criticizing the detain of three tons of heroin

July 24th, 2014

A deputy chairman of the youth organization of the party “Musavat” is charged with promoting psychotropic substances in social networks, according to the spokesman of the MIA, Orhan Mansurzade. According to him, F.Kerimli was detained ...

Deputy chairman of the youth organization “Musavat” is detained

July 23rd, 2014

This morning was arrested Faraj Kerimli, the deputy chairman of the youth organization of the party “Musavat”, Turan was told by Elman Fatah, the head of the party “Musavat” for relations with political organizations. Kerimli ...

Ali Hasanov: Red Cross takes lessons from our critics

July 23rd, 2014

International Committee of the Red Cross has taken lessons from our critics, and started effective steps due to the seizure of Azerbaijani hostages in Kelbajar. Today, the ICRC will make a joint statement with the ...

The Court of Appeal reduces Yadigar Sadigov’s term in prison to 4 years

July 22nd, 2014

Consideration of the complaint of Yadigar Sadigova, adviser of the leader of the “Musavat” party, sentenced to six years in prison finished today in the Shirvan Court of Appeal. The court partially granted the appeal, ...

Leyla Yunus again refuses to go to the prosecutor

July 22nd, 2014

An investigator of the Serious Crimes Office of the Prosecutor General, called the mobile phone of Leila Yunus, and for the fourth time demanded that she and her husband came for questioning at the Prosecutor ...

Message from the British Ambassador to Baku on the occasion of 139th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Press Day

July 22nd, 2014

“I am delighted to congratulate Azerbaijan’s journalists on the occasion of National Press Day and to acknowledge the important contribution journalists make in Azerbaijan. Freedom of expression and the existence of free media are fundamental ...

Catherine Cosman: Religious freedom conditions in Azerbaijan deteriorated over the past few years

July 21st, 2014

Azerbaijan has long presented itself as a model of religious tolerance. President Ilham Aliyev twitted last year that everyone “can see on the example of Azerbaijan how religious and ethnic relations are regulated”. In the ...

Consideration of the appeal of the Facebook activist Abdul Abilova

July 21st, 2014

A preliminary hearing on the complaint of the active user Facebook, 32-year-old Abdul Abilov, sentenced to 5.5 years in prison on charges of drug trafficking, took place in the Baku Court of Appeal chaired by ...

Attorney general calls on to condemn Orhan Zeynalova to 18 years

July 21st, 2014

Prosecutor asked to find the citizen of Azerbaijan, Orhan Zeynalov, guilty of the murder of Yegor Shcherbakov, and to sentence him to 18 years in prison, the prosecutor said today at the trial in the ...

E. Abdullayev lectures the British minister

July 19th, 2014

Press Service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry represented by Elman Abdullayev turned to the official London calling “to refrain from undue interference in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan, and spend their efforts to improve human ...

Local activists attacked in Imishly region

July 19th, 2014

Civil society activist, a member of staff “Kura”, Mahbub Zulfugarli was attacked on July 19 in the Imishli region. In a statement submitted to the police office of Imishli, Zulfugarli said that at about 10:00 ...

The incident at the trial in the case of NIDA activists

July 18th, 2014

Consideration of appeal of NIDA activists was again postponed indefinitely. Today at the trial in the Baku Court of Appeal (BCA), the defense filed an appeal against the decision of the preliminary hearing of the ...

LGBT activists intend to sue the Ministry of Justice

July 18th, 2014

Alliance LGBT “Nefes” intends to sue the Ministry of Justice in connection with the refusal of state registration. In a statement the alliance noted that the appeal on the registration was filed in the Office ...

Authorities block the work of a large group of independent NGOs

July 18th, 2014

Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan started an investigation into the activities of international organizations in Azerbaijan. In this regard, the bank accounts were frozen by some NGOs. “The prosecutor’s office admits that funds of these NGOs ...

British minister condemns the verdict against Hasan Huseynli

July 17th, 2014

British Minister for Europe, David Lidington, condemned the verdict against the human rights activist Hassan Huseynli. “I note with great disappointment the sentencing Ganja-based NGO leader Hasan Huseynli to six years on hooliganism related charges. ...

Criminal proceedings against the persons intending to organize the construction of a building for residents of Soviet Street

July 17th, 2014

Attorney General’s Office released a report that a criminal case under article 178.3.2 of the Criminal Code in relation to the three company officials Des Consulting. The company informed the public on July 15 its ...

Campaign to protect Hasan Huseynli

July 16th, 2014

A group of human rights activists and youth activists initiated a campaign to protect the head of the “Center of Education: Perfect Citizen” Huseynli Hasan, sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment on charges of hooliganism. The ...

Labor market in stagnation

July 15th, 2014

Government declares the opening of the country for half of the new 65,000, including 52,000 permanent jobs. Nevertheless, official statistics says that since the beginning of the year the number of employed persons grew by ...

Representatives of the ICRC visit Bashir Suleymanli

July 15th, 2014

Representatives of the Baku Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Bashir Suleymanli, Executive Director of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) who is kept in the Baku prison, ...

Lawyer E. Sadigov: Criminal proceedings against Emil Mammadov collapse

July 15th, 2014

Salyan District Police Department completed the preliminary investigation of the case of the head of the local NGO Promoting Democracy Emil Mammadov, accused of extortion. Mammadov’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov told Turan that since his arrest ...

Statement of the US Embassy on the Hasan Huseynli Trial Outcome

July 14th, 2014

In another troubling development affecting civil society in Azerbaijan, authorities sentenced highly respected Ganja-based NGO leader Hasan Huseynli to six years in prison July 14 on extremely suspect hooliganism charges, reads US Embassy Statement. The ...

Hasan Huseynli’s wife about sentencing her husband

July 14th, 2014

The arrest of Hasan Huseynli is unthinkable injustice. For the city of Ganja he was like Zeynalabdin Tagiyev, a man of the highest authority, who taught the young people, showed them the way, said Tarana ...

Human rights activist from Ganja sentenced to 6 years

July 14th, 2014

Today the Nizami Court of Ganja City sentenced the head of the NGO Center for Civic Education Intellectual, Hasan Huseynli. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct, illegal possession of knives and sentenced to six ...

Revenues advertising companies increased by 22%

July 12th, 2014

The State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan has published the data on financial performance advertising companies for 2013. In the past year AZN 57 million was spent on advertising, which is 22% more than in 2012. ...

“Alarming NGO network” will defend the rights of civil society

July 12th, 2014

“The purpose of the “Alarming NGO network” is to settle by joint efforts the problems of NGOs facing sanctions authorities. Today, the authorities apply open sanctions against civil society. Thus, grants are not registered, and ...

Interior Ministry intends to fight religious radicalism

July 12th, 2014

The meeting held in the Interior Ministry on the results of six months focused on the fight against crime and maintaining public order. In his speech, First Deputy Interior Minister Vilayat Eivazov said that in ...

RWB: Another outspoken blogger gets a long jail sentence in Azerbaijan

July 12th, 2014

Reporters Without Borders condemns the five-year jail sentence that Omar Mamedov, a 19-year-old blogger and opposition activist, has received from a Baku court on a trumped-up drugs charge. He was the victim of a politically-manipulated ...

Opposition member is fined , a taxi driver is arrested

July 12th, 2014

In accordance with the court decision, Yusif Namazoglu was fined 200 manat. Samir Mustafayev, a taxi driver in which Namazoglu shifted his cargo during the arrest, was arrested for three days. According to Namazoglu, first ...

Head of Ganja NGOs will say last word

July 11th, 2014

The trial in the case of the head of the NGO “Center for Civic Enlightenment “Intellectual” Hasan Huseynli, accused of disorderly conduct and illegal possession of knives, continued today in the Nizami Court of the ...

NIDA activists file an appeal

July 11th, 2014

Shahin Novruzlu, an activist of NIDA Movement, who wrote an application for clemency, did not abandon the appeal, and insists on a verdict of acquittal, Turan was told by his lawyer, Nemat Kerimli. On July ...

Opposition leader is detained for “assault” on police

July 11th, 2014

Yusif Namazoglu who heads the Geranboy head office of the opposition party “Musavat”, was arrested today by police officers in Yukhari Aghjakend. In a telephone conversation with Turan the opposition member told that he and ...

Teachers cannot get paid in Capital Bank ATMs

July 11th, 2014

Teachers who live in the village Bakikhanov Sabunchu cannot receive a salary from ATMs of Capital Bank. Salary accrued and transferred to the personal accounts of teachers, the problem with cash. Under the conditions of ...

Nasimi Court dismissed Kamala Bananyarly’s appeal to the prosecutor

July 11th, 2014

The Nasimi District Court dismissed the complaint from the activist of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Kamala Khalilova (Bananyarly) against prosecutors in connection with the refusal to initiate a criminal investigation into the ...

Human rights activist arrested bank accounts Mirvari Gahramanli

July 11th, 2014

On July 8, the bank accounts of the Rights Protection Committee for Oilmen and its head Mirvari Gahramanli were arrested. As the activist reported to Turan, it was the decision of the Nasimi district court. ...

Actuaries in the law

July 10th, 2014

Actuaries have become an effective link in financial services. The head of state has approved amendments to the law “On State Duty”. According to the amendments, the state fee for obtaining a certificate of conduct ...

Lawyer Kerimli: Shahin Novruzlu pressured to write a clemency petition

July 10th, 2014

Another NIDA activist sentenced to 6 years in prison Shahin Novruzlu appealed to President Ilham Aliyev with a letter in which he asks for pardon. “Mr. President, I, Shahin Ibrahimoglu Novruzlu, was born on 16 ...

“Alarm network of NGOs” created

July 10th, 2014

A group of non-governmental organizations held a discussion on limiting the activities of NGOs in Azerbaijan and decided to create a structure “Alarm network of NGOs.” As stated in the statement received by Turan, the ...

Trial in the case of believers from Guba region

July 9th, 2014

Trial in the case of believers from Guba region Nizami Najafov, Vafanur Mammadov, and his brother Vafadar Mammadov will begin in the Baku Serious Crimes Court on July 10. They were arrested in January this ...

Yunus: religious incidents as if controlled

July 9th, 2014

Despite the declarations of tolerance in Azerbaijan, in fact, the situation is different, said in an interview with Objective TV the Head of the Conflicts Department of the Institute of Peace and Democracy, Arif Yunus. ...

Alex Grigorevs: Azerbaijan should not refuse of friends

July 9th, 2014

(Interview by Turan with the former head of NDI office in Baku) Question: Last year and a half the Azerbaijani authorities have repeatedly and at different levels made serious allegations against the NDI and you ...

Former subordinate of Elshad Abdullayev appeared before the court

July 9th, 2014

The Office for Combating Corruption under the General Prosecutor’s Office completed the investigation into the officers of the former International University (AIU). The investigation found that Dean of the Operating Oil and Gas Fields Faculty, ...

Wahhabi abuser arrested for disorderly conduct

July 8th, 2014

One of the participants of the incident motivated by religious intolerance, Ramzi Zeynalov was arrested in Sabirabad. Recall that on 4 July videos appeared on the Internet of bullying and violence against a Wahhabi whose ...

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media worried about imprisonment of Azerbaijani bloggers

July 8th, 2014

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today said that she was deeply worried about lengthy prison sentences handed down to two bloggers in Azerbaijan. “The list of individuals imprisoned in Azerbaijan for ...

Human rights activists urge Aliyev to release H. Huseynli

July 8th, 2014

The human right defenders Novella Jafaroglu, Saida Gojamanli, Saadat Bananyarly and Avaz Hasanov appealed to President Ilham Aliyev in connection with the arrest of the head of the Center of Education “Intelligent Citizen” Hasan Huseynli. ...

Salafit whose beard was cut demands to punish offenders

July 7th, 2014

A follower of Salafi (Wahhabi) , Javanshir Zarbaliyev, who was subjected to physical abuse and was insultesd, demands to punish the perpetrators. This is how he told in interview with turan what happened to him. ...

Appeal from Parviz Hashimli

July 7th, 2014

Preliminary hearing in the case of journalist and human rights activist Parviz Hashimli, sentenced to 8 years in prison on charges of smuggling weapons took place in the Baku Court of Appeal on July 7. ...

Gamet Suleymanov condemns the violent beard-cut of Wahhabi

July 7th, 2014

The head of the Salafi mosque religious community “Abu Bakr”, Gamet Suleymanov, condemned forced beard-cut beard of Wahhabi in Sabirabad. “I condemn it,” Suleymanov told Turan. He stressed that this fact caused universal condemnation, including ...

Sheikh condemned the forced haircut of a Wahhabi’s beard

July 7th, 2014

The Caucasus Muslims Office (CMO) head, Sheikh Allahshukur Pashazadeh condemned the forced haircut of the beard of a Wahhabi in Sabirabad. “The one who did it made ​​a mistake and should be punished for arbitrariness,” ...

Wahhabis attacked believers in Mushfigabad

July 7th, 2014

Last Saturday in the village Mushfigabad a few Wahhabis attacked a group of people during the dinner iftar on the occasion of Ramadan and beat them. The attackers were detained and taken to the 10th ...

Shahin Hasanli also condemned the lynching of believers over Wahhabi

July 5th, 2014

Imam of the Baku Mosque Meshadi Dadash, theologian Shahin Hasanli condemned the lynching of a Wahhabi in Sabirabad. The video of violence against a Wahhabi, whose beard was cut off with scissors in Sabirabad, was ...

Supreme Court upheld verdict on editor of xeber44.com website

July 5th, 2014

Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the editor of the religious online edition xeber44.com, Araz Guliyev, and left him in prison. The editor and 7 other people were arrested in September 2012 after they ...

MIA has confirmed violence against believer in Sabirabad

July 5th, 2014

The Press Service of the Interior Ministry commented on the fact of violence against supporters of Wahhabism in Sabirabad, whose video was placed in Youtube. The spokesman said the fact took place. The names of ...

Deviations from the rules of the cash payments are popular among entrepreneurs

July 5th, 2014

The most popular violations of the tax legislation in June were deviations from the rules of cash payments. The Tax Ministry revealed 2,662 such cases. According to the official statement of the ministry, last month ...

Said Gojamanli: A new group on political prisoners will be created

July 4th, 2014

After each decree on pardons defenders feel happy, but then again begin political arrests, the list of political prisoners is growing, said in an interview with the Objective TV, Saida Gojamanli, the head of the ...

Leyla Yunus is again summoned to the prosecutor’s office

July 4th, 2014

Investigator Ibrahim Lemberansky told on the phone the human rights activist Leyla Yunus a demand to come for questioning on Monday on July 7 at 10:00 am. In response Yunus demanded to return her and ...

Omar Mamedov is sentenced to five years

July 4th, 2014

On 4th of July at the trial in the case of activist Omar Mamedov verdict, the Court granted the prosecutor offer to condemn Mammadov, accused of drug trafficking, to five years of imprisonment in a ...

Prosecutor calls on to imprison human rights activist of Ganja for seven years

July 4th, 2014

Today Nizami Ganja Court held the trial in the case of the head of the NGO “Center for Civic Education Intellectual” Hasan Huseynli. At the trial, the prosecutor called on to convict Huseynli to seven ...

Repentant activist’s term is reduced

July 3rd, 2014

Today Sumgait Court of Appeal partially upheld the complaint of Elsevar Mursalieva, a former member of the Movement NİDA. It happened after Mursaliyev refused membership in this opposition organization, openly declared the policy support of ...

Anar Mammadli: Azeri government is trying to imitate in the process of integration to Europe

July 3rd, 2014

(Chairman of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies center, prisoner of coincidence Anar Mammadli who currently is kept at Baku Investigation Jail answered the questions of “Turan” information agency through his advocates). Question: Do you have ...

Rauf Mirkadirov not released from jail to his father’s mourning ceremony

July 3rd, 2014

The journalist Rauf Mirkadirov is not being released from the MNS jail to take part in the ceremony of his father’s mourning. His father Habibulla Mirkadirov died 40 days ago. According to the lawyer Elmar ...

Ali Kerimli and Leyla Yunus not allowed to OSCE PA session

July 1st, 2014

Yesterday the leader of the Popular Front Party Ali Kerimli was not allowed to meet with European MPs in Baku Hotel Fairmont, where the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is held. Kerimli meeting with ...

Lawyer of Omar Mamedov calls on the court to acquit him

July 1st, 2014

At the trial in the Baku Serious Crimes Court in the case of the facebook activists Omar Mamedov, accused of drug trafficking, the defendant’s lawyer Alaif Hasanov was given the floor. Just like another lawyer ...

Isabel Santos: I’m going to visit Anar Mammadov

June 30th, 2014

The situation with the freedoms and human rights in Azerbaijan is poor and requires political will and concrete steps to improve the situation, said in an exclusive interview with Turan Isabel Santos ,the head of ...

Court of Appeal upholds the youth activist in detention

June 30th, 2014

Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Sahib Akhmedov today rejected appeals of youth activist Orkhan Eyubzade against an extension of his arrest for another month, Turan was told by the lawyer said Asabali Mustafayev. The ...

Christopher Smith gave Ilham Aliyev a list of Amnesty International

June 30th, 2014

The head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE PA, Senator Christopher Smith on June 28 during a meeting with President Ilham Aliyev raised the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. On that Smith himself ...

MM deputies listen to civil society activists

June 29th, 2014

Within the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held in Baku on July 29 a special hearing was held on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. The moderator of the hearing was chairman of the OSCE PA Committee ...

The problem with political prisoners in Azerbaijan raised at the committee meeting of the OSCE PA

June 29th, 2014

The Swedish parliamentarian Marie Norden during the discussions at the meeting of the OSCE PA Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in Baku on June 29 raised the issue of political prisoners in ...

Draft resolution on the violation of the Helsinki principles by Russia is proposed to the agenda of the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

June 28th, 2014

The agenda for the OSCE PA session to be held in Baku in June 28 offered an additional item and the draft resolution entitled “The obvious, gross and uncorrected violations of the Helsinki principles of ...

The police want to accuse the son of human rights activist

June 28th, 2014

Coordinator of the Public Alliance “Azerbaijan without political prisoners” Oktay Gyulalyev June 27 at 16.00 was called to the Main Police Office of Baku. The reasons for his call were not notified. A few days ...

Former NIDA activist Bakhtiyar Guliyev declined the appeal

June 27th, 2014

The Baku Appeal Court presided over by Judge Hasan Ahmadov held a preliminary hearing on NIDA activists today. In the beginning, the judge announced that the accused Bakhtiyar Guliyev refused the appeal. But the lawyers ...

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision on the editor of the site azadxeber.org

June 27th, 2014

The Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Mirzali Abbasov ended June 27 consideration of the appeal by the editor of the azadxeber.org website Nijat Aliyev and 9 others convicted of illegal possession of drugs and ...

We should work with Agramunt, and not to boycott him

June 26th, 2014

Regardless of the personality of the PACE rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan, the fact of bringing this issue to the discussion and the decision to prepare a special report is important, said the head ...

Human rights activists do not trust Agramunt

June 26th, 2014

“Taking into account the eriousness of the problem of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, I welcome the appointment of rapporteur on this issue,” said in an interview with Turan Arzu Abdullayeva, co-chairman of the Helsinki Citizens ...

Agramunt to prepare report on political prisoners in Azerbaijan

June 26th, 2014

Preparation of a report on political prisoners in Azerbaijan is committed to PACE deputy Pedro Agramunt (Spain), who is already the rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee of the Assembly on the implementation of the country’s ...

The term of the arrest of youth activist is extended

June 25th, 2014

On June 24 the Binagadi district court extended for a month the arrest of youth activist Orhan Eyubzade accused of resisting police. A lawyer Asabali Mustafayev called the decision unreasonable, since no investigation concerning Eyubzade ...

European Court begins communication in the case of began Turaj Zeynalov

June 25th, 2014

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has begun communication at the claim of father of Turaj Zeynalov, who died in August 2011 in the prison of the Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Nakhchivan. Father ...

Conspiracy against consumers remains

June 25th, 2014

Wednesday ISR Plaza Hotel hosted a presentation of results of monitoring the implementation of recommendations of the governmental structures of civil society. The event was organized by the Public Association “Transparency Azerbaijan” with the financial ...

Lawyer: Strasbourg Court recognizes innocence Hilal Mamedov

June 25th, 2014

Decisions of the Azerbaijani courts in the case of the editor of the newspaper Tolyshi Sado Hilal Mamedov will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. Turan was told by the lawyer Ramiz ...

Open letter to President Ilham Aliyev

June 24th, 2014

Dear Mr. President I listened to your response at PACE on June 24th regarding the reasons of nonterminating pressure against me for my longstanding human rights activity. The response, to put it mildly, was full ...

Arastun Orujlu: Aliyev’s speech in Strasbourg does not bode well

June 24th, 2014

The speech by Ilham Aliyev to the members of the PACE has left a bad impression, the expert Arastun Orujlu said, commenting on today’s speech of the head of Azerbaijan and his answers to questions ...

Committee to Protect Hilal Mamedov claims about the threat of his life

June 24th, 2014

The Committee to Protect Editor of Tolyshi Sado (Voice of the Talysh) Hilal Mamedov said the threat to his health and life. The committee noted that 20 days ago in a barrack with Mamedov they ...

Ilham Aliyev: We cannot restrict freedom of speech

June 24th, 2014

Tuesday, June 24 at the PACE session in Strasbourg was the head of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. His performance was due to the fact that Azerbaijan joined the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the ...

In the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan will fight against match-fixing

June 24th, 2014

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov spoke before PACE deputies at the summer session of the Assembly on June 23, talking about the priority of Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. One of the priorities ...

Human rights activists reported in PACE list 81 political prisoners in Azerbaijan

June 24th, 2014

Representatives of civil society of Azerbaijan on 24 June at the PACE summer session presented the Council of Europe, as well as representatives of the international community the nationwide list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. ...

Former political prisoners called PACE to exert pressure on Baku

June 24th, 2014

The public association “Azerbaijan without political prisoners” sent an appeal to Strasbourg, where a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened today. “We appeal to you to pay more attention to ...

HRW: Council of Europe should demand to stop violation of rights in Azerbaijan

June 24th, 2014

The Council of Europe’s leaders and members of its Parliamentary Assembly should urge Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to end his country’s growing persecution of government critics and independent groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The ...

PACE will appoint a new rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan

June 24th, 2014

As part of the PACE session in Strasbourg on June 23 civil society activists in Azerbaijan organized alternative hearings on the human rights situation in the country. As the director of the Institute for Reporters’ ...

PACE Bureau approves the draft resolution on Azerbaijan

June 23rd, 2014

PACE Bureau at today’s meeting in Strasbourg approved a draft resolution entitled “Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe: what steps are taken in terms of respect for human rights?”, prepared by the Irish deputy, ...

The trial in the case of Hasan Huseynli

June 23rd, 2014

Trial in the case of Hasan Huseynli, the head of NGO Education Center “Intelligent citizen”, took place on Monday in Nizami district court of Ganja chaired by Ayaz Makhmudov. He was charged under Article 221.3 ...

Consideration of the appeal of NIDA activists is postponed to June 27

June 23rd, 2014

Preliminary hearing in the case of activists of NIDA Movement, scheduled for June 23 in Baku Appeal Court, is postponed to June 27, Turan was told by the lawyer Fariz Namazly. According to him, the ...

Democratic forces of Azerbaijan for association with the EU

June 23rd, 2014

About a hundred representatives of the democratic community of Azerbaijan signed the Declaration about the attitude of Azerbaijan to the Association Agreement with the European Union. Presentation of the document took place on 23 June ...

Azerbaijan’s civil society to support Ukraine

June 23rd, 2014

Representatives of civil society of Azerbaijan expressed solidarity with the struggle of the Ukrainian people for freedom and resistance in repelling the aggression of Russia during the interactive appeal to the People’s Chamber participants in ...

The abolition of the jury system is undemocratic step

June 22nd, 2014

The Milli Majlis amended the law “On Courts and Judges” by withdrawing from it the rules on the establishment the institute on jury in courts. The document was presented to Parliament as a legislative initiative ...

The public demands the immediate release of Emil Mammadov

June 22nd, 2014

About 50 representatives of civil society issued a statement calling on the authorities to release Emil Mammadov, the head of the NGO “Democracy Promotion.” The statement authors remind us that NGOs “Promoting Democracy” was regisyered ...

Repression Resistance Center (RRC) presents the Azerbaijani analogue of the Magnitsky List

June 22nd, 2014

Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunus, will hold on June 23 at 12:00 in her office at the address. Nizami house 63, quarter 30 the first presentation of the Repression Resistance ...

Azerbaijan: rapporteur expresses concern at human rights defenders’ situation

June 21st, 2014

“The situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan has dramatically deteriorated since my last visit to this country in November 2013”, Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE), Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) rapporteur on ‘Strengthening the ...

Consideration of the appeal in the case of “Ismayilly case” is postponed for August 12

June 20th, 2014

Consideration of the appeal of the convicted in the Ismayilli events is postponed for August 12, Turan was told by lawyer Nemat Kerimli protecting the rights of Tofig Yagublu, the deputy chairman of the party ...

Consideration of the appeal of Elsever Mursalli

June 19th, 2014

On Thursday Sumgait Court of Appeal chaired by Mubariz Zeynalov, started hearing in the appeal of Elsever Mursalli, a Facebook activist, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on charges of drug trafficking. According to Samir Asadli, ...

Amendments entered into force to toughen punishment for serious crimes

June 19th, 2014

In the official press has been published and entered into force the Law “On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan”, adopted by the Parliament on May 30. It provides for increased penalties for a ...

Health of youth activist kept in the pre-trial jail deteriorated

June 19th, 2014

Asabali Mustafayev, a lawyer of youth activist, Orkhan Eyubzadek requested to transfer his client from prison to house arrest. According to Mustafayev, keeping Eyubzade in jail, is not only unreasonable, but also dangerous to his ...

Blogger Mehman Huseynov summoned to the police

June 19th, 2014

An employee of the Institute of Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS), blogger Mehman Huseynov was summoned to the Nasimi district police office. He was called by the senior investigator of the investigation department of the ...

The labor market as a whole is stable – State Statistics Committee

June 19th, 2014

As of May 1, in the economy of Azerbaijan were occupied by 1,510,500 people, which is 100 more than the previous month. At the same time there have been some changes in the structure of ...

The prosecutor offered to condemn facebook activist to six years

June 19th, 2014

At today’s trial in the case of facebook activist, Omar Mammadov, ​​public prosecutor took the floor. The prosecutor Erkin Gafarov convicted the accused of drug trafficking to six years of imprisonment in a penal colony. ...

AIDHR: “Problems observed in country’s traffic system lead to violation of rights not only drivers but also passengers”

June 17th, 2014

More than 1000 traffic accidents has occurred within 5 month of 2014 leaving approximately 500 deaths and 1000 people with various injures After Azerbaijani gained its independence speedy growth of country’s economy increased influx of ...

Azerbaijan’s human rights crackdown is anathema to the EU values

June 15th, 2014

José Manuel Barroso President of the European Commission 1049 Brussels, Belgium Baku, June 14, 2014 Re: Azerbaijan’s human rights crackdown is anathema to the EU values Dear President Barroso, We are writing on the occasion ...

OSCE PA Annual Session: confidence-building in military sphere the focus of First Committee resolution

June 14th, 2014

COPENHAGEN, 13 June 2014 – Enhanced confidence-building measures in the military sphere, democratic control of countries’ armed forces and a comprehensive assessment of cyber threats are among key recommendations made by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s ...

Lawyer: at the trial in the case of the activist Hasan Guseynli the “victim” incriminated him

June 13th, 2014

Trial in the case of Hasan Huseynli, the head of the NGO “Education Center “Iintelligent citizen” began on Friday in Nizami district court of Ganja chaired by Ayaz Makhmudov. He was charged under the Article ...

Respect for fundamental freedoms, human rights and the rule of law is in Azerbaijan’s self-interest

June 13th, 2014

(Interview of the President of the European Comission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso with TURAN) Question: The issue of energy security of Europe is one of most important priorities in the light of situation in Ukraine. ...

The verdict on Mammadli and his colleagues appealed

June 13th, 2014

The verdict on the head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) Anar Mammadli and two other activists, Bashir Suleymanli and Elnur Mammadov, has been appealed. The lawyer Javad Javadli told Turan. The ...

Human rights activist Elshan Hasanov arrested for conducting photo shoots

June 13th, 2014

The Coordinator of the Public Alliance Azerbaijan without Political Prisoners, the former “prisoner of conscience” Elshan Hasanov June 12 was detained by police at about 18:00 near the metro station Koroglu and released after 2.5 ...

Will civil society make the Accounting Chamber functionally fit?

June 12th, 2014

Today at the Four Seasons Hotel hosted a conference on the results of the project “System for effective control of public funds,” the organizational and financial support of the European Union. It was organized by ...

Reaction in Baku to the hearing in the U.S. Helsinki Commission

June 12th, 2014

Despite absence of official reaction to yesterday’s hearing of the Helsinki Commission of the U.S. Congress, a number of pro-government officials expressed their attitude. In particular, members of the Milli Majlis, Rasim Musabayov and Asim ...

Supreme Court partially upheld complaint by Hilal Mamedov

June 12th, 2014

The Board for administrative and economic affairs of the Supreme Court, under the chairmanship of Kamaleddin Badalov held June 12 consideration of the appeal from the editor of Tolyshi Sado Hilal Mamedovn about a violation ...

Consideration of cassation appeal from Hilal Mamedov postponed

June 12th, 2014

Scheduled for June 12, the Supreme Court consideration of the cassation appeal from the editor of the newspaper Tolyshi Sado Hilal Mamedov, sentenced to 5 years in prison, has been postponed. The reason was the ...

“Azerbaijan is moving in the wrong direction,” Helsinki Commission hearing urged Baku to refrain from further repressions

June 12th, 2014

The US Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Commission, on Wednesday, June 11, strongly urged the Azerbaijani government to fulfill its obligations on human rights and greater democracy, instead ...

Freedom House: Azerbaijan – the situation is hopeless

June 12th, 2014

The human rights organization Freedom House has published a progress report on the situation of freedom in the world. In the section devoted to Azerbaijan, it is said that the country is ruled by an ...

Bashir Suleymanli not provided meetings with his family in jail

June 12th, 2014

Contained in the Baku prison, the Executive Director of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) Bashir Suleymanli is not allowed  meetings with his relatives. The lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan. According to the ...

OSCE will strengthen attention to the protection of human rights defenders

June 12th, 2014

On June 10-11 a conference on “The OSCE and human rights activists” was held in Berne, Switzerland. The event was opened by the OSCE Chairman, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter. A member of the conference, the ...

Development of Baku should be free of the rights of owners

June 12th, 2014

cityHotel Land Mark held a round table discussion on “Draft Plan of Greater Baku Regional Development and property rights.” According to the organizer, the chairman of the public association Assistance to Free Economy Zohrab Ismayil, ...

To complain against traffic police call “902”

June 12th, 2014

State Traffic Police Office created a “hotline” for citizens’ complaints, the press service of the Interior Ministry. According to the same source,  now people can call  to complain of Traffic Police  not only to “102”, ...

Center to Resist Repression (CRR) starts its activity

June 12th, 2014

The first working session of  the CRR, established at the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) was held on Wednesday. The meeting held with  participation of civil society activists, family members of political prisoners and ...

The court does not change the measure of restraint for Emil Mamedov

June 12th, 2014

On June 11 Salyan District Courtdid not change the measure of restraint – arrest for  a local human rights activist Emil Mammadov, who runs the NGO “Promotion of Democracy.” The Court dismissed the application for ...

Hilal Mamedov called the conscience of judges

June 10th, 2014

Condemned to 5 years in prison, the chief editor of Tolyshi Sado (Voice of the Talysh) Hilal Mamedov on the eve of consideration of his appeal in the Supreme Court, addressed to the chairman of ...

Freedom House: Situation in the post Soviet are is worsening

June 10th, 2014

In a new report, Freedom House highlights Russia’s pivotal role in a decade-long decline in democracy among the countries of the post-Soviet sphere. The report, Nations in Transit 2014, shows Russia as the model and ...

Consideration of appeal from Yadigar Sadikhov postponed

June 10th, 2014

The meeting of the Shirvan Court of Appeal scheduled for today to consider the complaint from the adviser to the leader of the party Musavat, Yadigar Sadikhov, sentenced for 6 years was  delayed until July ...

Petrol made in Azerbaijan does not correspond to Euro-4 standard, according to State Statistical Committee

June 10th, 2014

Petrol imported into Azerbaijan has the highest quality and corresponds to all required standards, Ramiz Hasanov, chairman of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patents, told journalists yesterday. “There is a condition to import ...

Ex-deputy complains about discrimination

June 10th, 2014

On Tuesday ex-deputy Hajibaba Asimov  held a press conference at the Media Center IRFS due to discrimination against deputies who signed the October 18, 1991 Act of Independence of Azerbaijan. He believes that  there is a ...

Leyla Yunus establishes the Center to Resist Repression

June 9th, 2014

Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) Yunus announced the creation of a center of resistance to repression. At today’s press conference, she explained her initiative to create “Ineptness the existing human rights ...

Twenty two members of the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” detained in Mingechevir

June 9th, 2014

On June 8 the police of Mingechevir city arrested 22 people, to promote ideas of the sect “Jehovah’s Witnesses” , according to the press office of the Interior Ministry. The detention took place in the ...

Mother of prisoner tells about tortures of the accused

June 9th, 2014

A public alliance “Azerbaijan without political prisoners” made a statement about tortures of prisoners in  jail N12. Prisoners were punished for sending appeal to the president  of the country in the plight of prisoners. The ...

Turkish court granted the petition of Intigam Aliyev against police

June 9th, 2014

A famous  human rights  defenders Intigam Aliyev obtained the truth in the Turkish court, which upheld his claim against the police, who  on December 7, 2011 at the Istanbul airport “Ataturk”  illegally arrested him. According ...

National Council condemns the pressure on Leila Yunus

June 7th, 2014

The National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) issued a statement condemning the continuing pressure on human rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus. In a statement expressed protest against the prosecutors threatening to ...

Jail No 12 prisoners complain about their administration

June 6th, 2014

A group of prisoners of Jail No 12 sent an appeal to several officials, headed by President Ilham Aliyev. A copy of the appeal was directed to the public alliance “Azerbaijan without political prisoners” to ...

June 12, the Supreme Court will consider complaints by Hilal Mamedov

June 6th, 2014

The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan appointed on June 12 consideration of the appeal from the chief editor of Tolyshi Sado Hilal Mamedov sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. The complaint will be considered in the division ...

US diplomat: “Baku’s constricting space for civil society is a threat to comprehensive security across the region”

June 6th, 2014

The US on Thursday urged Azerbaijani government to “live up to its international commitments to respect freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression and freedom of conscience,” TURAN’s Washington correspondent reports. The statement called ...

Obama, like predecessors, faces tough choices on promoting democracy

June 6th, 2014

Surrounded by throngs celebrating Poland’s quarter-century of democracy, President Obama on Wednesday pledged not only to defend Eastern Europe against new threats but to support democratic movements throughout the world. “We stand together because we know that ...

Trial in the case of Ganja activist Hasan Huseynli

June 6th, 2014

A preliminary hearing in the case of Hasan Huseynli, the head of Ganja NGO “Enlightenment Center Intelligent Citizen” took place  in the Nizami district court of Ganja , chaired by Judge Ayaz Makhmudov on June ...

Five smokers are placed to Ilgar Mamedov

June 6th, 2014

A lawyer Fuad Agayev today visited in Sheki jail Ilgar Mamedov, the leader of REAL Movement. The visit was connected with the fact that two prisoners  were placed to Mamedov’s ward on June 1. Moreover, ...

“Musavat” complains of Baku Mayor to Elmar Mammadyarov

June 4th, 2014

“Musavat” party appealed to the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, who currently chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, with a complaint against the Baku Mayor’s Office, which does not provide the ...

US Helsinki Commission to host a hearing on Azerbaijan

June 4th, 2014

The US Helsinki Commission, a congressional group that monitors human rights and international cooperation in 57 countries, will host a hearing on Azerbaijan June 11 focusing on security, economic and human rights dimensions of US-Azerbaijan relations, TURAN’s Washington ...

Rauf Mirkadyrov decided to testify investigation

June 4th, 2014

Accused of spying for Armenia, the columnist for Zerkalo, Rauf Mirkadyrov decided to testify investigation, said one of his lawyers Elmar Suleymanov. After his arrest on April 21 Mirkadyrov refused to testify because he believed ...

Azerbaijan: Expectations Differ Over Baku’s Council of Europe Chairmanship

June 3rd, 2014

Amid growing concern about its treatment of government critics, Azerbaijan on May 14 assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the 47-member Council of Europe, the continent’s main human-rights body.  When Azerbaijan ...

Dispatches: The High Price of Activism in Azerbaijan

June 3rd, 2014

Azerbaijan’s justice system once again turned into a political tool of repression this week when a Baku court sentenced Anar Mammadli, an independent election monitoring group leader, and two of his colleagues to lengthy prison ...

Lawyer Khalid Bagirov responses to message from General Prosecutor’s Office May 30, 2014

June 3rd, 2014

In connection with yesterday’s statement of the press service of the Prosecutor General on the evasion of the spouses Arif and Leyla Yunus from the investigation and warning them about their possible involvement in criminal ...

Considering an appeal on Ismayilli events is postponed

June 3rd, 2014

Hearing   in the case of Ismailly events scheduled for June 5 in the Sheki Appeal Court is postponed for an indefinite period, said lawyers convicted. On 23-24 January 2013  riots began in Ismailly region after ...

Father of the convicted activist confirms the rejection of NIDA Movement

June 3rd, 2014

Bakhtiyar Guliyev, a member of the NIDA youth movement, who has been sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment,  wrote a statement on leaving the organization. This information, appeared with reference to the press service of ...

Why there is no “Asan khidmet” service in Nakhchivan?

June 3rd, 2014

Nakhchivan is a “laboratory” where  repressive tools  are practiced, and  then are applied to the rest of the country . What is happening now in Baku, a few years ago was used in Nakhchivan. The ...

Head of OSCE meets with civil society in Azerbaijan

June 3rd, 2014

Swiss President and OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter who is on visit in Baku met with opposition leaders and representatives of NGOs. The meeting was attended by the leader of the “Musavat” Isa Gambar ; chairman ...

L.Yunus : Azerbaijani authorities seek to suppress critical voices finally

June 3rd, 2014

The Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD ) Leila Yunus held June 2 an online press conference at which she responded to questions related to the criminal case against the journalist Rauf ...

Parents of a soldier complain about the callousness of officers

June 3rd, 2014

Parents of a  soldier Nurlan Aliyev held  press conference in the Media Center IRFS  due to their son’s health. Father of a soldier Polad Aliyev said that his son was drafted into the army in ...

Bashir Suleymanli is allowed to contact with his family through the glass

June 3rd, 2014

On June 2 a lawyer  Fariz Namazly visited Anar Mammadov ,the  head of the  Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC)    and executive director of this  NGO Suleymanli Bashir ,  in the jail of Kurdakhani. ...

Civil society At the heart of the Eastern Partnership, promoting democratic values

June 3rd, 2014

Civil society organisations play a crucial role within their societies in providing policy input, developing new initiatives and in holding governments accountable for their actions. They are major actors in promoting democracy and human rights, ...

New provocation against Ilgar Mamedov?

June 3rd, 2014

Ilgar Mamedov, a leader of REAL Movement, who is in the pre-trial jail in Sheki region,   is afraid of provocations against him, the  executive director of  REAL Movement,  Natig Jafarli,  wrote about it on his ...

AIDHR: “Every two hours a child dies in Azerbaijan” – Report

June 1st, 2014

35 children committed suicide in Azerbaijan within only 2004 The International Day for Protection of Children is celebrated today. It was on June 5, 1950 during the International Women’s Conference organized by the United Nations ...

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