On 22 April 2015, Intigam Aliyev, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer and head of the Legal Education Society (LES) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, having been found guilty of tax evasion, abuse of office and illegal entrepreneurship.
Prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender Rasul Jafarov has been sentenced by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes to six and a half years in prison, having been found guilty of the politically motivated charges of tax evasion, abuse of power, and conducting illegal business.
Ahead of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC), 11 human rights organisations are calling upon the intergovernmental body to address Azerbaijan's rapidly deteriorating environment for human rights defenders (HRDs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and independent media.
Khadija Ismayilova is an investigative journalist and contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service who has reported extensively on the financial dealings of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and members of his family.
Ten civil society groups sent a letter to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel with an appeal to make human rights a central subject in her meeting with the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Join an international campaign of solidarity and send a New Year postcard with words of support to Azerbaijani human rights defenders, who are behind bars.
The arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov sent congratulations to his colleagues on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. He called on the Azerbaijani authorities to release civil society activists from prison.
A call to the Council of Europe to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership
Coalition of human rights organizations call for the immediate release of Azerbaijan’s political prisoners.
On 23 October, at a closed session Nasimi district court heard the petition of the Prosecutor’s Office requesting to extend the term of pretrial detention of human rights defender Rasul Jafarov for three more months.