Azerbaijan Detains Additional Human Rights Activists

Washington

In response to Azerbaijan's detention on August 8 of yet another prominent human rights defender, Intiqam Aliyev, on politically motivated charges, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"Azerbaijan's arrest of Intiqam Aliyev, head of the Legal Education Society, shows Azerbaijani authorities' determination to dismantle civil society," said Susan Corke, director for Eurasia programs at Freedom House. "The arrest comes shortly after an Azerbaijan court sentenced Rasul Jafarov, chairman of the Human Rights Club, to three months pre-trial detention and at the same time as a decision to detain Emin Huseynov, the journalist who is head of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, for questioning.

"Azerbaijan authorities are using travel bans, the freezing of bank accounts and incarceration to silence dissent,” Corke said. "If the international community does not publicly condemn these actions and hold him accountable to international obligations, President Ilham Aliyev will make a mockery of human rights institutions, such as the Council of Europe that Azerbaijan currently chairs."

Azerbaijan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Azerbaijan, visit:
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Freedom in the World 2014: Azerbaijan
Freedom of the Press 2013: Azerbaijan
Freedom on the Net 2013: Azerbaijan

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