February 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Council of Europe (COE) called on Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, stating that "the ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed for at least three months. Aliyev's lawyer ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Council of Europe released Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow ...[read more]
December 7, 2013
by Addison Morris
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women is a ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A court in Azerbaijan on Monday convicted a group of 29 people of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. The court sentenced the group to prison terms ranging from nine years to life. The group was arrested in April and May 2012 and was accused of plotting to kill Azerbaijan's president, Ilham ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. ...[read more]
May 1, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Leyla Safarova, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the fifth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Safarova explores property law in Azerbaijan, arguing that ...[read more]
April 19, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Azerbaijani authorities on Tuesday to conduct an investigation into the violent attack by police and security personnel against journalist Idrak Abbasov. Abbasov was beaten ...[read more]

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