Azerbaijani human rights activist arrested

Rasul Jafarov. Photo: People in Need’s “Doubling Down on Repression” exhibition.

Rasul Jafarov. Photo: People in Need’s “Doubling Down on Repression” exhibition.

Mr Rasul Jafarov is an Azerbaijani  lawyer, a human rights activist and the chairman of the Human Rights Club. He’s known to be a great and active defender of human rights. In 2014, he was arrested and placed in detention because of  his human rights activities.

Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights :

The Court found that Mr Jafarov had been unlawfully arrested, the only reason of his arrest was for punishing him and silenced him.

The Court recalled that this case is a part of similar cases where authorities unlawfully arrested human rights activists who was in relation to international authorities for silencing them.

Current situation:

Mr Jafarov was freed from jail in 2016 by a presidential pardon. But he is still persecuted by now so he cannot properly defend human rights in his country anymore.

Useful links to the Rasul Jafarov v Azerbaijan case (Application No 69981/14):