Youth Activist Sentenced to Administrative Detention

September 16th, 2016


Youth activist Vusal Tagizade has been sentenced to 15 days in jail. On September 15, he wrote on his Facebook page that he had been summoned to the 4th police station of Binagadi District Police Department.
However, a day later his relatives reported that he had been sentenced to 15-day administrative imprisonment on charges of resisting the police.
The youth activist has reportedly been detained for his participation in the opposition rally of 11 September 2016.
Background: On September 11, the National Council of Democratic Forces organised a rally of protest against the upcoming constitutional referendum in Sports and Health Complex stadium (former Mahsul Stadium) in Yasamal district of Baku. The rally held under the slogan “No to Monarchy, Stop the Pillage” attracted more than 10,000 people. The following demands were put forward in the resolution of the rally: cancel the anti-democratic referendum; conduct political reform; ensure the independence of the judiciary; conduct radical reform to get the country out of the crisis; increase the payroll and pensions in accordance with the devaluation of the national currency manat and the price rise.