Religious activists (2012-2013)

Surname Name arrested sentence
ABDULLAYEV Valeh M. 9 Dec. 2013 8
HUSEYNOV Elimkhan G. 22 May 2012 7
HUSEYNOV Samir Kh. 23 May 2012 6 R
JAMALOV Gorkhmaz H. 18 Jan. 2013 7
NASIROV Elvin N. 20 May 2012 9
SAFARLI Jeyhun Z. 20 May 2012 9

Some of the persons arrested in this case are youth who, like journalist Nijat Aliyev, believed that an LGBT parade could be held in Baku on the eve of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2012 and considered this as unacceptable for Islam. These persons attended the peaceful protest against the hijab (headscarf) ban at schools in late 2010. Some had published articles on the website that Aliyev edited and assisted to collect information.

Along with Aliyev, they decided to clearly express their position by protesting the destruction of houses in the run-up to Eurovision – without due compensation or court orders – as well as the trumped-up arrests of religious followers, the hijab ban and the issues of the LGBT parade. They prepared CDs with speeches of theologians Abgul Suleymanov and Tale Bagirov (both of whom are in prison under false charges), a speech by Azerbaijan Medical University teacher Rashid Mahmudov on ANS TV about LGBT issues, as well as excerpts from various protests on social issues, and scenes from some Azerbaijani movies. As noted in the court ruling, they spread these CDs “publicly” at various places in Baku. In their testimonies in the investigation and trial, the defendants said they had been attempting to share their positions with others.

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Source, March 2018 report