OMCT CONCERNED REGARDING ARREST OF YOUNG BLOGGERS

November 19th, 2009
The International Secretariat of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) is deeply concerned about the verdict against young bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.

“OMCT is deeply concerned that the sentencing of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli to prison terms was exclusively motivated by a wish to sanction them because of their activities as independent journalists and to deter other dissenting voices from expressing their opinions,” reads the appeal that was released by the organization.
Furthermore, OMCT asks everyone to write to the authorities in Azerbaijan and to the embassies of Azerbaijan in their respective country to urge them to guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.