Rashad Hasanov, Zaur Gurbanli, Uzeyir Mammadli and Rashadat Akhundov are four activists and members of NIDA civic movement.
In 2013, they organized protests about governement actions.
The same year, they were all arrested and placed in custody for the organization of these events.
Judgment by the European Court of Human Rights
The European Court found that their arrest was politically motivated. The reason was to punish them for having criticized the government.
In December 2014, Gurbandli and Mammadli were released by a presidential pardon. In 2016, Hasanov and Akhundov were also released by a presidential pardon. However, the applicants in the case have still not been paid compensation ordered by the European Court.
Highly restrictive laws and practices continue to stifle NGOs in Azerbaijan and prevent them from carrying out work to support democracy and human rights.
Useful links to the Rashad Hasanov and others v Azerbaijan case (Application No 48653/13):