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Statements and Appeals
Baku, Geneva, 25 November 2009: The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) has released its concluding observations on Azerbaijan's implementation of the Convention Against Torture (CAT/C/AZE/CO/ 3). The Committee expresses concern over the continuing allegations of torture and ill-treatment in Azerbaijan and urges the authorities to bring their legislation and practice in conformity with the Convention. See in PDF

The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders condemns unfair trial and conviction of Azerbaijani bloggers and public activists Emin Milli (Abdullayev) and Adnan Hajizade. The Network considers the case to be fabricated with the intention of silencing critical voices and suppressing the dissent. See in PDF
The Human Rights House Foundation, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the Rafto Foundation, the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders and the Belarusian Human Rights House in exile in Vilnius are concerned about the noticeable tendency in Azerbaijan to put local non-governmental organisations under increased government control following the recent amendments to the NGO law. The amended law allows the government to collect information on NGOs without referring to any specific purpose articulataed in this or other laws. See in PDF
October 30, 2009

On the 30th of October – International Day of Solidarity to Political Prisoners the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders expresses its deep solidarity to those who face imprisonment or other forms of persecution on political grounds in any country regardless of frontiers. see in PDF

September 11, 2009
 
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders is deeply concerned about the death in custody of Novruzali Mammadov, the Editor-in-Chief of Taloshi Sado newspaper and the head of the Talysh Cultural Center.  

The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders supports the urgent appeal of Human Rights House Foundation to the Azerbaijani authorities to conduct a thorough, impartial, and transparent investigation into his death.  See in PDF

 September 9, 2009

The members of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders are deeply concerned about the continuous unlawful and ill-grounded detention of an Armenian human rights defender Arshaluys Hakobyan. Hakobyan, a member of Armenian Helsinki Association, was arrested on June 5, 2009 under the pretext of resisting the police during his arrest. The Network members believe that the real reason for Hakobyan’s detention is not only connected with his work as an election observer on May 31, 2009 election of the mayor of Yerevan, but, first of all, it is connected with his activities in the field of human rights protection. See Attachment


[20.07.2009] New laws in Georgia
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders is concerned about the new laws in Georgia which unjustifiably restrict freedom of assembly and expression                                          
 20 July, 2009
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders is deeply concerned about the amendments to the Law on Rallies, Law on Police and Law on Administrative Offences adopted by the Parliament of Georgia on July 17, 2009 on the extraordinary session. See Attachment
July 17, 2009
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders together with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Human Rights House Foundation - celebrate the 17th of July the International Justice Day on the occasion of a regional meeting taking place in Bazaleti, Georgia. See Attachment
                                        July 17, 2009
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders strongly condemns the murder of a prominent human rights defender Natalia Estemirova. On the international day of justice, July 17, the Network members call upon the Russian authorities to conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation of this case and previous murders of human rights defenders in the country. The Network members also call upon the Russian authorities to further ensure a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders in their country. See Attachment


17 July, 2009
The South Caucasus Network for Human Rights Defenders condemns arbitrary detention, beatings and denial of timely medical assistance to Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (Abdullayev). See Attachment
June 23, 2009
                                                                                          
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders is extremely concerned about the arrests of activists of Georgian opposition political parties and violence used against demonstrators. These events have been continuing during last two months, starting from the kick off of the public demonstrations on April 9, 2009 and escalating recently.


 June 18, 2009

The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders is alarmed about the draft amendments to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Non-governmental organizations (public associations and foundations)” that are due to be discussed on 19 June by the Parliament of Azerbaijan. The Network members deeply regret that neither the civil society of Azerbaijan, nor the international community was consulted on the amendments and had very limited time to respond on it. See Attachment

Letter of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders addressed to Armenian Authorities concerning arbitrary detention of  Arshaluys Hakobyan, member of Helsinki Association
 June 11, 2009
The secretariat of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders received information concerning the detention of Arshaluys Hakobyan, from its member organization and coordinator in Armenia – “Armenian Helsinki Association.” and condemn the unlawful detention and ask for an immediately release of the election observer Hakobyan. See Attachment

                          May 3, 2009
In honor of World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2009 the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders expresses its concern about the press freedom situations in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Bans on independent and opposition media outlets, censorship, and harassment of journalists remain serious concerns in all three countries. In addition, in Azerbaijan, unlike Georgia and Armenia, defamation is a criminal offence.
See Attachment

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