Tag archive of Arif Yunus

Jailed human rights defender Leyla Yunus gives statement about her health

  On 30 September, human rights defender Leyla Yunus, currently being held at the Baku detention facility, provided a telephone update on her medical condition to Turan Information Agency Director Mehman Aliyev. Yunus said that she had refused a blood test that morning. She told Turan that in December 2014, she had been placed into a punishment cell for a similar action, and is worried that this could happen again.   “The responsibility

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Appeal against sentencing of Leyla and Arif Yunus

  Lawyer Elchin Gambarov stated on September 3 that the Baku Grave Crimes Court verdict issued against human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus has been appealed. The lawyer also noted that when he met with Leyla Yunus on September 2, her health had not improved.   Arif Yunus’ lawyer Afgan Mammadov met with his client on September 1 at the Ministry of National Security detention facility, and found Yunus’ condition stable.  

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Final dispatch from the trial of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus, sentenced to 8.5 and seven years in jail

 Summary: Final hearing (August 13)   The lawyers of Leyla and Arif Yunus made closing arguments, calling the charges against their clients unfounded and requesting their acquittal from the court; Arif Yunus made his final speech, thanking Leyla Yunus and speaking about his daughter, Dinara Yunus; The court issued a verdict sentencing Leyla Yunus to 8.5 years and Arif Yunus to seven years in jail, as well as confiscation of their property.

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Azerbaijan: Sport for Rights coalition condemns conviction of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus

  JOINT STATEMENT   Azerbaijan: Sport for Rights coalition condemns conviction of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus   The Sport for Rights coalition condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus on 13 August by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes. After a trial marred by irregularities and due process violations, the court convicted the couple on politically motivated

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Prosecutor seeks 11-year sentence for Leyla Yunus and 9-year sentence for Arif Yunus

    Summary: Hearing #6 (August 6)    Arif Yunus’ health rapidly deteriorated, causing him to lose consciousness. The judge announced a break to call an ambulance;  The public prosecutor requested an 11-year sentence for Leyla Yunus and a 9-year sentence for Arif Yunus;  Defense lawyers were given minimal time to prepare their speeches.       Today ( August 6), the Baku Grave Crimes Court held another

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The hearing continues despite of the deterioration of Arif Yunus' health

  The hearing continues despite of the deterioration of Arif Yunus' health   Summary: Hearing #5 (August 5)   Defense lawyers filed a written objection to the composition of the jury; Defense lawyers filed several motions: a) for the recognition of the "Azerbaijani Women for Peace and Democracy in the Caucasus" NGO as a victim, b) to drop several of the criminal charges, c) to invite representatives of international funding bodies

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Imprisoned journalist Rauf Mirkadirov brough to court in handcuffs to testify in Yunus trial

    Imprisoned journalist Rauf Mirkadirov brough to court in handcuffs to testify in   Yunus trial     Summary: 4th hearing (04 August)    During proceedings, Arif Yunus suffered a serious hypertensive crisis; however the hearing was continued. During the hearing, Arif Yunus had been sitting in a glass cage, holding his head between his hands.   The prosecution called its third witness, journalist Rauf

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JOINT STATEMENT: Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

JOINT STATEMENT July 30, 2015      Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan     A year after the Azerbaijani government launched an unprecedented crackdown on human rights, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The Sport for Rights Coalition calls on the international community to immediately and publicly condemn the government of Azerbaijan's

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Tyranny stands on oppression, writes Leyla Yunus from prison

 Human rights defender Leyla Yunus writes from prison:     “I was not allowed to speak in court, but I want my voice to be heard. Finally, I saw Arif. For almost a year, we haven’t seen each other and I have not heard his voice. He celebrated his 60th birthday in a cell. (more…)

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Prosecution’s witnesses describe Leyla Yunus as professional, committed person

 Summary: the third hearing (July 28)     ·      When court reconvened on Tuesday morning, July 28, we continued to hear from the prosecution’s witnesses. ·      Rena Safaraliyeva, the current head of the Transparency International Azerbaijan chapter, claims to be a victim in the case. During the cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses, the defense continued to challenge

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