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human rights and democratic freedoms
THE RIGHT TO LIFE
On August 17, 2009 in a prison hospital died 68-year-old political prisoner Novruzali Mammedov (editor of the only Talysh-language newspaper). From the very day of his arrest in January 2007 he was subject to both physical and psychological torture. He and dissident Faina Kungurova who died in the same prison hospital on November 18, 2007, can be called prisoners of conscience, as neither of them committed any crimes. In addition, Kungurova did not last till her trial.
There is no accurate information on the rate of monthly death cases in detention facilities. The Justice Ministry does not disclose exact figures.
But according to the information we could get : Emin Mamedov, Jamal Halilov and Ali Muradov died in 2007 , in 2008- Arif Aslanov. On August 17,2009, when Novruzali Mamadov died, 3 more prisoners died as well, whose names are unknown.
Nowadays , Jabir Dadashov was sentenced for 6 years’ imprisonment in October, 2007, he has a terrible heart disease.
THE RIGHT TO PROTECTION FROM TORTURE
Tortures are widely spread
both in police stations (torture begins with the very first minutes of
detention) and detention facilities. Despite a concrete commitment
The European Court of Human
Rights already admitted the facts of torture against prisoners in
According to the information given by the Committee against Torture in 2008, 81 people were tortured and 3 out of 81 died after torture . 110 people were tortured in 2009 and died 6 people.
THE RIGHT TO FREE AND FAIR TRIAL
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND SELF-EXPRESSION
Suppressing the freedom of speech the authorities of Azerbaijan resort to physical, out-of-court reprisal and the judiciary system against the mass media and journalists.
The line after which began total suppression of journalists is March 02, 2005, when Elmar Huseynov, editor and publisher of an independent weekly journal “Monitor”, was assassinated at the doorway of his house.
2007 alone, 103 court hearings were held on lawsuits against
the mass media, on charges of defamation. Journalists are charged with also drug possession,
hooliganism, even terrorism. According to the statement
of Miklos Haraszti, OSCE Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Speech, the
imprisoned journalists in
There should be noted the fact of sentencing (on July 23, 2008) scholar-linguist Novruzali Mammedov, editor with “Tolyshi Sedo”, the only Talysh-language newspaper, to ten years in prison on false charge of espionage for Iran. On August 17, 2009 he died in prison.
Physical assault on journalists, beatings by the police and unknown, abduction, custody, humiliation, torture and knife wounds went full blast in 2005.
According to a Report issued
by the Institute for Media Rights, 10 facts of assault on journalists
documented in 2005. In 2006 among other
facts of assault the abduction of Bakhadin Gaziyev, editor with
“Bizim Yol”, was especially severe. He was tortured and then thrown
down from a car in the
outskirts of the city.
He became invalid.
On September 17 around 10.30 a.m. the police illegally detained Idrak Abbasov, a journalist with newspaper “Ayna” and “Zerkalo”, an employee with the Institute of Freedom and Safety of Reporters. The journalist was shooting buses of Route 156 the drivers of which initiated a strike. According to Idrak Abbasov, he was assaulted and “with my hands pinioned they took my photo camera, my journalist ID and a mobile phone. I was brought to some room and kept there for over one hour”.
The journalist was released only after Niyazi Rustamov, Director of Technical Control “Baku Passenger Transport”, spoke to some people unknown to the journalist on the phone.
October 08 around 12.00 on his way to the editorial office 1988-born
Mammedov, Deputy of Shahin Agabeyli, Editor of newspaper “Milli Yol”
of the webportal “Poligon”, was forcibly put in a car by 5 men in
clothes and taken to an undisclosed location. Being with Ravil that
friend informed Shahin Agabeyli on abduction of Ravil. The editor
Internal Ministry on the abduction of the journalist. In its turn, the
Around 16.00 p.m. we could reach Ravil Mammedov though his mobile phone which had been closed before. He told that police officers had taken him but he could not tell where he was.
Around 18.00 Shahin Agabeyli received a telephone call from Sadig Gozalov, Head of Press Service with the Internal Ministry and told him that he tried to clarify the situation with Ravil Mammedov. Journalist with newspaper “Milli Yol” Eldaniz Elgun went to a meeting in the Press Service of the Internal Ministry. Around 18.35 p.m. some civilians (about 10) began to surround the editorial office located at the intersection of Rasul Rza and Bashir Safaroglu streets.
Agabeyli phoned to the Office of the
In the Department Shahin Agabeyli was informed that his deputy Ravil Mammedov and newspaper journalist Eldaniz Elgun were also kept in the Department. Department Chief explained the reason of their detention – publication of an article “Soon staff redundancy in the Internal Ministry” dated October 06 posted on the webportal “Poligon”. (According to Agabeyli, the article had been taken from newspaper “Nonsense” dated October 05, and the Ministry thought that the article had been written by the journalists of “Poligon”. The webportal was registered for Ravil Mammedov and for that reason the police had detained him first.
The Department considered the article to be harmful and provocative and informed the editor of this. Shahin Agabeyli stated that it had not been necessary to carry out an operation to seize the journalists. He just could have been invited to the Department or they could send the opinion of the Internal Ministry concerning the article, and the opinion would have been published without fail. Around 21.00 p.m. all the detained journalists were released and their confiscated video and photo cameras were returned.
The Institute is preparing a court claim against the police officers who had abused their authority on October 08.
The number of attacks and
physical intimidations over journalists keeps increasing. 150 (one
fifty) acts of physical violence were committed against journalists
first 5 years of Ilham Aliyev’s presidency. It is noteworthy that only
cases out of 150 were investigated and the guilty were brought to trial
condemned. Representatives of pro-governmental mass media became
both cases: journalists of the TV Broadcast Lider and Public TV.
Faramaz Allahverdiyev and Sardar Alibayli, the editor and journalist of the newspaper “Milletim” were accused for defamation for 6 and 4 months in October, 2009 .
The widely publicized case of bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (Abdullayev) included two types of pressure on freedom of speech and freedom of expression - violence and court (criminal) actions. The young bloggers were at first severely beaten and then imprisoned charged with hooliganism.
On November 11 Sabail District Court sentenced Adnan Hajizade and Emin Abdullayev to 2 and 2.5 years imprisonment , respectively.
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY
All actions of the citizens to protest the rigged elections were severely suppressed by the police. No police officers were brought to trial. And what is more in June 2008 Ilham Aliyev addressing the students of the Police Academy stated literally the following, «International organizations demand that the police officers involved in violence while dispersing rallies in October 2003 and November 2005 be brought to trial. I officially state that none of them will be punished. The police were on the watch of law and order. The President’s speech was broadcasted on TV.
26 November 2005 saw the last officially
The government didn’t allow any assembly in 2009.
THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO BE ELECTED
All the elections held in
It will be conducted municipal elections on December 23, 2009( the previous elections were held in 1999 and 2004). In July, the number of the municipalities were reduced from 2.757 to 1.764.
The election of 15.682 members
of municipalities is expected on December 23,2009. The municipal
not be held in
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