Unlawful detention of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan: the Rashad Hasanov case

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Rashad Hasanov, Zaur Gurbanli, Uzeyir Mammadli and Rashadat Akhundov are four activists and members of NIDA civic movement. They fight for liberty and peace in Azerbaijan.

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 of Human Rights found that their arrest was politically motivated. The reason of their arrest 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.

Useful links to the Rashad Hasanov and others v Azerbaijan case (Application No 48653/13):