51 political prisoners given presidential pardon

Many more remain behind bars <<2019 releases>> On 16 March, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree pardoning more than four hundred prisoners who had their sentences reduced or were released the following day. Of these, 51 are recognized as political prisoners. The decree came after pervasive pressure from human rights groups and international campaigns, … Continue reading 51 political prisoners given presidential pardon

Tofiq Khasay oglu HASANLI

Poet and broadcaster Date of arrest – 12 Oct. 2015 Charges (Article of the Criminal Code) – 234.4.3 -- Narcotics (Illegal purchase or storage with intent to sell, manufacturing, processing, transportation, transfer or selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances, when committed in large amount). Penal facility – Prison No.6 Case summary – Tofig Hasanli was … Continue reading Tofiq Khasay oglu HASANLI

Elchin Samad oglu ISMAYILLI

JOURNALIST website editor and reporter Date of arrest – 17 February 2017 Penal facility – Sheki Pretrial Detention Facility Charges (2000 Criminal Code) – 182 – Extortion; 308 – abuse of power;  311 – bribery. Case description – Elchin Ismayilli is a journalist and activist based in the town of Ismayilli in northwest Azerbaijan (Daglig-Shirvan … Continue reading Elchin Samad oglu ISMAYILLI