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Freedom of Assembly, Human Rights and Civil Responsibility – Notes by human rights defender Ahmad Shahido ...

October 21st, 2019

In recent days, there has been active discussion on social networks. The topic is related to the protests that were being held in the center of Baku. I will try to evaluate this issue both ...

“Monument against Talat Pasha in Yerevan is hate crime” – Armenia has been criticized at OSCE

September 25th, 2019

On September 16, 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, ...

Calls were made to exchange captives and hostages at OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 24th, 2019

On September 16, 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, ...

The results of the PACE Summer Session were discussed at the “Attention Center” program of Public T ...

June 28th, 2019

The Summer Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg, France on June 24-28. Several issues were discussed within the framework of the very important session for Azerbaijan, and ...

A campaign called “Do not believe in false allegations, recognize Khojaly genocide” was launched in ...

April 22nd, 2019

Taking into account the activation of the armenian diaspora organizations in Europe on the eve of the “false genocide”, the Azerbaijani diaspora activists in Poland have begun a campaign called “Do not believe in false ...

         

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 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 ...

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 ...

“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, ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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Freedom of Assembly, Human Rights and Civil Responsibility – Notes by human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov

October 21st, 2019

In recent days, there has been active discussion on social networks. The topic is related to the protests that were being held in the center of Baku. I will try to evaluate this issue both ...

“Monument against Talat Pasha in Yerevan is hate crime” – Armenia has been criticized at OSCE

September 25th, 2019

On September 16, 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, ...

Calls were made to exchange captives and hostages at OSCE Warsaw Summit

September 24th, 2019

On September 16, 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, ...

The results of the PACE Summer Session were discussed at the “Attention Center” program of Public Television

June 28th, 2019

The Summer Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg, France on June 24-28. Several issues were discussed within the framework of the very important session for Azerbaijan, and ...

A campaign called “Do not believe in false allegations, recognize Khojaly genocide” was launched in Poland

April 22nd, 2019

Taking into account the activation of the armenian diaspora organizations in Europe on the eve of the “false genocide”, the Azerbaijani diaspora activists in Poland have begun a campaign called “Do not believe in false ...

Ahmad Shahidov issued a video appeal on the French President’s April 24 decision

April 17th, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron intends to announce the date of the 24th of April in France as the day of so-called “Armenian genocide”. Macron called the 1915 events as “genocide of Armenians” and “a crime ...

The Azerbaijani human rights defender was officially warned at PACE… because of Nikol Pashinyan

April 12th, 2019

Coordinator of the Information Center for Azerbaijani Captives and Hostages, human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov, who was attending the Spring Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) held in Strasbourg, France ...

The anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was celebrated at Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University

February 25th, 2019

Within the framework of the international campaign “Justice for Khojaly!”, initiated by the Vice President of the Haydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs. Leyla Aliyeva, “The Justice for Khojaly Week” was held in Istanbul, Turkey on February ...

The anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was celebrated at Mehmet Fatih Sultan Foundation University

February 22nd, 2019

Within the framework of the international campaign “Justice for Khojaly!”, initiated by the Vice President of the Haydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs. Leyla Aliyeva, “The Justice for Khojaly Week” was held in Istanbul, Turkey on February ...

Ahmad Shahidov protested against Mikhail Avagyan’s monument at international forum in Tbilisi

February 13th, 2019

An international forum on “Disinformation and False Propaganda in Eastern Partnership Countries” was held on 13rd February in Tbilisi, Georgia. At the meeting, attended by state and government representatives from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, ...

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 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 ...

“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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

“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, ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’ ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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