There are 122 political prisoners in Azerbaijan, human rights activists

December 10th, 2021

The Union for Freedom of Political Prisoners of Azerbaijan has updated the list of persons arrested or convicted for political reasons.

There are 122 surnames in the list, which are classified into six groups:

“Journalists and Bloggers” – 5 people;

“Members of opposition parties and movements” – 8 people;

“Believers” – 21 people;

“Convicted in the Terter case” – 27 people

“Convicted in the Ganja case” – 47 people

“Life-sentenced prisoners” – 14 people.

New on the list were those arrested on charges of drug trafficking: PFPA member Mutallim Orudjev and Malik Rzayev, who were deported on readmission from Germany.

In addition, a member of the Spiritual Workers of Azerbaijan Association Sardar Babayev has been added to the list.

The previous list, released on September 1, also included 122 people. However, since then bloggers Elchin Hasanzade and Ibrahim Turksoy have been released.

* The list was compiled by the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunus and the head of the Center for Monitoring Political Prisoners Elshan Hasanov according to the criteria for defining the concept of “political prisoner” set out in Resolution No. 1900 adopted at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in October 2012.