||Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe|
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May 19, 2010
TORTURES WIDESPREAD IN
To: Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
To: Thorbjorn Jagland,
Secretary General of the Council of
To: Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of CoE
To: Catherine Margaret Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU), First-Vice-President of the European Commission
To: Heidi Hautala, Chairwoman Subcommittee on Human Rights of EP
Copy: Ambassador Bilge
Cankorel, Head of the OSCE Office in
Copy: Veronika Kotek, Special
Representative of the Secretary General of CoE in
Copy: Ambassador Roland Kobia,
Head of Delegation of the EU to
The right to life and the right to protection from tortures are
fundamental rights of
people, which are being trampled upon in
Concrete facts on
application of torture followed up by the
2006: 40 people were tortured and 13 of them died (5 of them died in the Armed Forces (Defense Ministry); 3 in prison (Justice Ministry)).
2007: 74 people were tortured and 11 of them died (5 of them died in the Armed Forces (DM); 2 in prison (JM)). One of the in-prison died is political prisoner Faina Kungurova, who died a month after her arrest (during the so-called “investigation period”) in November 2007 in a prison hospital.
2008: 84 people were tortured and 3 of them died.
2009: 136 people were tortured and 7 of them died. In August political prisoner Novruzali Mammedov died in a prison hospital (JM).
It should be mentioned that
among the torture victims was Leyla Sabirgizi Mammedova, an accidental
passer-by, who was raped on January 05 by a group of drunken police
with Yasamal District of Baku. There are recorded facts of torture
Hajaf Novruzoglu Suleymanov and Nadir Shirkhanoglu Aliyev arrested in
connection with the terror act on April 30 in the
As was stated above, the number of torture victims in
Though the great majority of torture and torture-related deaths falls on police stations (Internal Ministry), it is noteworthy that citizens are being tortured and beaten to death also during the investigation period (Prosecutor’s Office and National Security Ministry), and in penal institutions (Justice Ministry). Tortures are also widespread in the Armed Forces (Defence Ministry).
One of the causes for the wide application of tortures lies in total impunity and even encouragement of law enforcement officers using torture.
The dramatic example is
Colonel Vilayat Eyvazov, then Head of Department for Combating
of the Internal Ministry and personally responsible for torture of tens
detainees following the October 2003 presidential elections. In 2004 Eyvazov
advanced in the rank of Major General and was appointed
First Deputy Internal Minister. Back when working in Baku City Police
Department Police Colonel Mammed Mikailov himself tortured those under investigation;
he is Head of Police Department of Nasimi District of
Ministers Ramil Usubov (Internal Ministry), Eldar Mahmudov (National Security Ministry), Fikret Mammedov (Justice Ministry), Safar Abiyev (Defence Ministry) and Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov must be held liable for tortures in their institutions.
There are three
judgments by The European Court of Human Rights ascertaining
the facts of
torture and inhuman treatment in the law enforcement agencies of
1) Give more priority to the problem of torture. Demand that the Government of Azerbaijan ensure unimpeded access for representatives of the civil sector, the media to penal institutions, preliminary detention institutions, police stations, military units.
2) Establish an independent (!) institute of forensic medical examination free for torture victims and their relatives to get qualified certification of cause of death or after-effects of tortures.
3) Include the mentioned names of officials responsible for usage of torture in their institutions in all documents of the OSCE, CoE and EU on human rights in AR.
4) Hold a special
PACE session to discuss
5) Hold an OSCE PA session
the problem of torture
6) Given the urgency of the situation, address the problem concerned through a special line of cooperation within the EU Eastern Partnership Project.
The appeal is signed by
representatives of civil society institutes of
1. Leyla Yunus, Institute of Peace and Democracy,
2. Elchin Abdullayev, Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
3. Matanat Azizova, Women’s Crisis Centre
4. Ismail Veliyev, “Ganjabasar” newspaper
5. Elchin Mammad, Social Union
of Legal Education of
6. Hafiz Safihanov,
7. Zahir Amanov, “Janub Heberleri” newspaper,
9. Ilgar Gasimov, ”Legal Aid” (Lenkoran city)
10. Mehman Aliyev, “Turan” News Agency
11. Anar Mammedli, Election Monitoring and Democratic Studies Centre
12. Rahile Mammedli, “Khatun” Public Association for Assistance in Women’s Social Problems
13. Rasim Hasanov, “Muasir Dunya” Public Association for Economic Awareness
14. Niyazi Mehdi,
15. Mirvari Gahramanli, Protection of Oil Workers’ Rights
17. Hikmet Hajizade, FAR Center
18. Intigam Aliyev, Legal Education Society
19. Leyla Aliyeva, Center for National and International Studies
20. Hilal Mammedov, “Tolishi Sado” newspaper
21. Emin Huseynov, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Society
24. Rashid Hadjyly, Media Rights Institute
Alekperova, “Young Leaders” Education Training and Development Public
26. Mustafa Hajibeyli, Newspaper “Demokrat”
27. Alekber Mammedov, Center for Democratic and Civil Control of the Military
28. Shakir Agaev, Newspaper “Novoye Vremya”
29. Zohrab Ismayilov, Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy
30. Uzeir Djafarov, "Military reporters"
31. Dilara Efendieva, Association
for the Protection of Women s Rights in
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