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Press conference at the Human Rights House Tbilisi on detentions of Azerbaijani human rights defenders
[27.08.2014]
11.08.2014

On August 12, at 12:00 the Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) and its member organizations will hold a joint press conference regarding the mass arrests of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan at the conference hall of the HRHT. 

Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) and its member organizations are concerned regarding the unprecedented crackdown against human rights defenders by the Azerbaijani government. Over the last two weeks, the Azerbaijani government arrested four human rights defenders, well-known and critical leaders of the civil society in the country. All were arrested with similar charges (tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship and abuse of authority inter alia, in addition to treason charges). 
Azerbaijan holds the Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers since May 2014. However, the Azerbajani government continues to pressure against human rights defenders and fails to comply with its international obligations and blatantly violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

Human Rights House Tbilisi and its member organizations urge the Council of Europe and the members of the Committee of Ministers to take urgent measures towards the chairing country, so that Azerbaijani government fulfill the obligations taken before the CoE and stop repression against human rights defenders and their mass imprisonment. 
Human Rights House Tbilisi and its member organizations condemn the arrest of well-known human rights defenders – Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus, Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyev. In the Urgent Appeal, it is mentioned that HRHT and its members call for the Azerbaijani government to stop pressure on representatives of civil society organizations and immediately release arbitrary detained human rights defenders. 

Human Rights House Tbilisi and its member organizations are concerned regarding the regarding detention and expected extradition of Dashgin Agararl, citizen of Azerbaijan, member of opposition political party, Musavat.

We are calling on the Minister of IDPs, Accommodation and Refugees, Sozar Subari to assess the dangers threatening his life and security in Azerbaijan, to analyze severe state of human rights in Azerbaijan and to make decision and grant him with the political asylum and status of refugee.



 

                    

 

     

 

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