JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHT DEFENDERS THREATENED BY UNKNOWN PARTIES

December 16th, 2010

A group of rights defenders, including IRFS representatives Elman Abbasov, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, Rasul Jafarov, Democracy and NGO Development and Resource Center Head Malahat Nasibova, encountered difficulties in the village of Pusyan in the region of Sharur.

During a visit to a former parliamentary candidate’s family, victims of a police attack on December 14th, the human rights defenders encountered problems as they were leaving the Pusyan village. The entrances and exits the of the village were blocked by three cars. Several men in civilian clothing suddenly appeared in front of the group’s car, but the driver was able to keep going without hitting anyone. However, the car’s bonnet sustained damage during an attack by unknown persons.