Jailed Human Rights Defender Taleh Khasmammadov Placed in Solitary Confinement

Human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov, who is currently serving a jail sentence in Prison #17, has been placed in solitary confinement for 15 days, reported his wife, Fakhriyya Khasmammadova.Taleh Khasmammadov was arrested in February 2015, charged under article 221.2 (hooliganism committed repeatedly) of the Criminal Code. On July 22, 2015, the Goychay Regional Court sentenced him to 3 years in jail. Fakhriyya Khasmammadova believes that this is a punishment for her public appeal on February 11, in which she noted that her husband had not been...

Human rights defender’s appeal rejected

    Sheki Court of Appeal upheld the Goychay Regional Court ruling on the human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov on 13 October, reported his mother, Gulbuta Khasmammadova.   According to  Khasmammadova, the appeal hearing took less than 15 minutes. “Taleh is in serious condition. There’s a wound on his back. His headaches do not abate. The other day, doctors told him that he urgently needs surgery. My son has been arrested without having done anything wrong. I barely recognised Taleh when I saw him in court today. He is...

Criminal case launched against mother of human rights defender

 A criminal case has been opened against Gulbuta Khasmammadova, mother of the jailed human rights activist Taleh Khasmammadov. Khasmammadova told journalists that on July 22, she submitted a complaint to the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the police violence she encountered during her son’s trial in Goychay. On August 2, an investigator at the local police department took her statement – and then told her that she faced a criminal investigation based on on charges of resisting police officers.   Khasmammadova told journalists that she had been...

Human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov sentenced to three years in jail

 On July 22, Goychay Regional Court sentenced human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov to three years in jail.   Ogtay Gulaliyev, the chairman of the social committee to defend the rights of Taleh Khasmammadov, declared the court decision politically motivated and said that the committee will appeal the verdict.   Background: Taleh Khasmammadov, a human rights activist, blogger, and chairman of the Right and Law 2010 LLC, was arrested on February 24 2015 in Goychay. Khasmammadov has been charged under article 221.2.2 of the Criminal Code. He was detained after...
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