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Human Rights Defender Ogtay Gulaliyev Prohibited from Leaving Country

Human rights defender, “Azerbaijan without Political Prisoners” Public Alliance coordinator Ogtay Gulaliyev has been banned from leaving the country, Ogtay Gulaliyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). According to Gulaliyev, he was taken to Police Office #37 after applying to ASAN Service for international passport on June 23. While at ASAN Service, Gulaliyev was told that he was wanted by Sabirabad Regional Police

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Supreme Court Unlawfully Postpones Leyla and Arif Yunus’ Appeal Hearing

Supreme Court, chaired by judge Hafiz Nasibov, held a hearing on the cassational complaint filed as part of the criminal case of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus. Leyla and Arif Yunus were arrested in 2014. They were charged with state betray, fraud, tax evasion, illegal business, falsification of documents and deliberate use of fake documents. On June 23, 2015, the criminal case against Leyla and Arif Yunus was split in order to investigate

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Another Human Rights Defender Receives Warning from Prosecutor General

On January 6, the coordinator of the “Azerbaijan Without Political Prisoners” organization and National Council member Ogtay Gulaliyev received a formal warning from the Prosecutor General’s Office.   According to Gulaliyev, he spent two hours at the Prosecutor General’s Office and was released after being warned.   “They told me that the reason for the summons was the article I had written: “A pardon decree that is not worth

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Anar Mammadli’s health deteriorates

On December 4, the family of Anar Mammadli, Chairman of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, met with him at Prison #13, reported the human rights defender’s father, Asef Mammadov. According to Asef Mammadov, Anar Mammadli’s health has worsened. “Anar is suffering from gastric pain. He was examined at the Central Treatment Facility of Penitentiary Service a month ago, but the pain has not gone away. (more…)

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Imprisoned human rights defender Intigam Aliyev turns 53

    On November 30, the head of the Legal Education Society Intigam Aliyev marked his 53rd birthday in jail. It is the second year in a row that the human rights defender has spent his birthday behind bars. Since his arrest, Intigam Aliyev has been honored with various international awards. International organizations have repeatedly called on the Azerbaijani authorities to release the human rights defender. (more…)

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Pressure on human rights defender’s family continues

    On November 28, Ogtay Gulaliyev, the coordinator of the “Azerbaijan without Political Prisoners” Alliance and a member of the National Council of Democratic Forces, and his two sons went to Baku City Main Police Department based on a summons.   According to Gulaliyev, they were summoned in connection with a complaint by his female neighbor.   “The woman living first claimed that my sons had beaten her son. But she rescinded

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Human rights defender Intigam Aliyev needs treatment

    Najmin Kamil, the son of the imprisoned human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, talked about his father’s prison conditions on November 23.    Najmin said that it is impossible for a person with his father’s medical issues to stay healthy in closed prison conditions, but that Intigam Aliyev remains strong nonetheless.   “My father’s health is increasingly deteriorating. He urgently required a medical examination and

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