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 charges including illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, and fraud, and sentenced Leyla to 8.5 years in jail, and Arif to seven.   "These sentences are outrageous, and aimed...

Ilgar Mammadov placed in solitary confinement

The leader of the REAL Movement Ilgar Mammadov, who is serving sentence in Prison #2, has been put into solitary confinement for two days, reported his lawyer Fuad Agayev on May 15.     The reasons for this punishment have not been disclosed to his lawyer, who was also denied a meeting with Mammadov.   Agayev said that his purpose in meeting with Mammadov was to discuss inter alia defense tactics in relation to his Supreme Court cassation appeal, the submission of a second complaint to the European Court...
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