Tag archive of Summary

Journalist Rasim Aliyev’s Murder Case: Tear Gas Used in the Courtroom

Summary: ·      Tear gas was used in a courtroom in the Baku Grave Crimes Court in response to emotional outbursts and physical attacks that took place during the hearing. ·      Attorney Fariz Namazli and relatives of the accused demand that medical staff of hospital where Rasim Aliyev died after beating are interrogated; the court denied the motion filed by Namazli. ·     

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments

     Human rights violations continued unabated throughout the week, with arrests of a blogger and a political party activist. Blogger Khalid Khanlarov was sentenced to 25 days in administrative detention on trumped-up charges for his activity on social networking sites.   With two other bloggers sentenced to administrative detention earlier in January, bloggers have become the government’s main targets this month. The authorities

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (December 7-12)

Hopes for improvements to the human rights situation in Azerbaijan are fading, as it becomes increasingly clear that any positive development in this sphere is unfailingly followed by a negative event. Namely, on December 8, the deputy chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on charges of making appeals against the state (Article 281.1 of Criminal Code) and incitement of national, racial, social and religious hatred

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Mammad Ibrahim’s lawyer requests forensic medical examination of victim

 Summary: Hearing 3 (11 January 2016)   Ø  Victim Oruj Valiyev testifies, admitting that his police statement was not written by him and that he had signed the statement without reading it;   Ø  Mammad Ibrahim’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov filed a verbal motion for forensic medical examination of the victim Oruj Valiyev.   Narimanov District Court, chaired by judge Turgay Huseynov, held a hearing on the case of Mammad

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (December 21-30)

The final week of the year was marked by a series of dramatic developments in Azerbaijan. In particular, the Azerbaijani Manat lost half its value on December 21, after the country’s Central Bank scrapped the currency's dollar peg amid sharp declines in the price of oil. While the previous devaluation in February had caused an outcry among opposition parties and independent experts, this time the general public rushed to express their discontent.

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Summary of last week developments (December 14-18)

This week has been a tough one for the Azerbaijani government.   The first blow came from the Council of Europe; Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is launching an official investigation into Azerbaijan’s compliance with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. In an unprecedented move, Jagland is initiating this investigation  based on Article 52 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (December 7-12)

    Hopes for improvements to the human rights situation in Azerbaijan are fading, as it becomes increasingly clear that any positive development in this sphere is unfailingly followed by a negative event. Namely, on December 8, the deputy chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on charges of making appeals against the state (Article 281.1 of Criminal Code) and incitement of national, racial, social and

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Summary of human rights and political developments in Azerbaijan (November 16-20)

    It would be naive to expect the government to take any steps to improve the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, given the unending pressure on human rights defenders, journalists and activists. The fact that Leyla Yunus remains seriously ill in jail and the death threats against journalist Shirin Abbasov are just two examples.   Government officials, including the president himself, have repeatedly declared that the Internet

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Summary of human rights and political developments (November 9-14)

  On November 11-12, the UN Committee against Torture held hearings on Azerbaijan. Questions were addressed to the government regarding torture of human rights defenders and journalists in jails. On November 12, the Azerbaijani authorities replaced the prison sentence of human rights defender Arif Yunus with house arrest, which was welcomed by the US, European Union and OSCE. However, similar humaneness was not shown to his wife Leyla Yunus,

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (November 02-08)

Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (November 02-08)   Having secured a parliamentary majority through yet another fraudulent election, the government has not reined in its attack on fundamental human rights. On the contrary, the crackdown has intensified. Officials are subjecting members of religious groups to physical pressure and arresting them on false charges, putting pressure on human rights defender Leyla

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