EVENT CONDUCTED REGARDING POLITICAL PRISONERS

October 28th, 2009
Today, 28 October, at the Baku Journalism School, an event was conducted regarding political prisoners.  

Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Azerbaijan National Committee Head Arzu Abdullayeva said that this event was conducted under the initiative of imprisoned Editor-in-chief of “Gundalik Azerbaijan” and “Realniy Azerbaijan” Newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev.

E.Fatullayev offered to hold a “Political Prisoners’ Week” in the honor of the Political Prisoners’ day on 30 October. Abdullayeva demonstrated the symbolic present he sent from prison for the Council of Europe.

Journalist Shahvalad Chobanoglu said that an appeal was prepared to be addressed to the General Secretary of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and co-rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan, Christopher Strausser. He said that the appeal will remain open until 1 November, and any political prisoner and his family can sign the appeal.

Eynulla Fatullayev’s father Emin Fatullayev expressed opinion on parliamentarians Samad Seyidov and Gultakin Hajiyeva’s comment that there are no political prisoners in Azerbaijan. He said that Azerbaijan authorities use every means to impede the release of the political prisoners. He blamed several foreign embassies in the country and spoke of their indifference to the political prisoner issue.

Lawyer Isakhan Ashurov stated that there are political prisoners that should be immediately released. He asked the human rights defenders to raise the issue of imprisoned “Bizim Yol” newspaper correspondent Mushfig Huseynov before the government organs. Mushfig Huseynov suffers from tuberculosis and is being treated in the Treatment Facility of the Justice Ministry.