Human Rights Defender Cases
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.
The European Court of Human Rights 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.
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.
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.
Intigam Aliyev is an Azerbaijani lawyer and human rights activist. He was arrested and imprisoned for his human rights activities. Intigam was eventually released from jail and proved his case at the European Court of Human Rights. However, he has still not been pardoned, lives under a travel ban, and is still barred from conducting his important human rights work. His case reflects widespread persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, who are continually targeted for political reasons.