On November 1st, the Ministry of Justice officially registered the Movement for Human Rights.
The chairman of the Union, former political prisoner and editor in-chief of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan newspapers (which are no longer active), Eynulla Fatullayev, told the mediaforum news site that he submitted his documents to the Ministry of Justice for registration in late June, and received information about the successful registration of the Movement for Human Rights from the Ministry today.
Movement for Human Rights values favorable intention of the Ministry of Justice highly hoping for constructive cooperation with relevant state run agencies in the defense of human rights. Moreover, organization will try application of the European Penitentiary rules for the implementation of the strict monitoring in the prisons. “Movement for Human Rights hopes to monitor in prisons, investigative prisons within the framework of alternative, preventative mechanisms” said Fatullayev.
In 2007, Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 8.5 years in jail for threatening terrorism, among other charges. However, on April 22, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled for his immediate release and 27,800 EUR of financial compensation from the Azerbaijani government. Though he has been pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev on 26 May, 2011, the Azerbaijani Supreme Court Plenum has only partially fulfilled the decision. On December 29th, 2009, 0.223 grams of heroin was reportedly found on Fatullayev in Prison #12 and on July 6th, 2010, Fatullayev was found guilty under article 234.1 (possession of narcotics) of the Criminal Code. His sentence of two years and six months in prison began on the same date and his appeal against the decision was rejected.