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Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the Republic Day on “Ulusal Kanal” TV of Turkey

May 28th, 2019

On May 28, 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 ...

Amnesty International’s biased position was discussed at the “Attention Center” program of Pu ...

May 24th, 2019

Amnesty International, a British-based organization, has launched an outrageous campaign against Azerbaijan on the eve of the Champions League final match in Baku.  A well-known human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov, who is the guest ...

“Amnesty International fulfills another order against Azerbaijan” – Ahmad Shahidov

May 23rd, 2019

Amnesty International, a British-based organization, has launched an outrageous campaign against Azerbaijan on the eve of the Champions League final match in Baku. A well-known human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov gave a statement to the ...

The Eurovision 2019 debate on the live broadcast of “Yeni Musavat” newspaper – Ahmad Shahidov ...

May 20th, 2019

Exchange of different ideas was reflected in today’s live debate on musavat.com’s Facebook and Youtube platforms. Azerbaijan’s failure to get the first place in Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, some people are sad and other ...

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 ...

         

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the Republic Day on “Ulusal Kanal” TV of Turkey

May 28th, 2019

On May 28, 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 ...

Amnesty International’s biased position was discussed at the “Attention Center” program of Public Television

May 24th, 2019

Amnesty International, a British-based organization, has launched an outrageous campaign against Azerbaijan on the eve of the Champions League final match in Baku.  A well-known human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov, who is the guest ...

“Amnesty International fulfills another order against Azerbaijan” – Ahmad Shahidov

May 23rd, 2019

Amnesty International, a British-based organization, has launched an outrageous campaign against Azerbaijan on the eve of the Champions League final match in Baku. A well-known human rights defender Ahmad Shahidov gave a statement to the ...

The Eurovision 2019 debate on the live broadcast of “Yeni Musavat” newspaper – Ahmad Shahidov and Samir Asadli

May 20th, 2019

Exchange of different ideas was reflected in today’s live debate on musavat.com’s Facebook and Youtube platforms. Azerbaijan’s failure to get the first place in Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, some people are sad and other ...

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 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, ...

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, ...

“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. ...

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 ...

“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, ...

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 ...

“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 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, 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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