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Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] (DOS) released a statement [text] Thursday condemning the imprisonment of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and calling for his release. Aliyev was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and a three-year ban from holding public office for on charges … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] the conviction of leading human rights activist Rasul Jafarov by a court in Azerbaijan Thursday and called for his immediate release. HRW criticized the arrest and conviction as a government initiative to silence political critics. As the founder and chair … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

With the European Games [official website] approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev. Human … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Human … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] called on [press release] Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks [official profile], in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official websites] suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing [official statement] the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan [official website] on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed [BBC report] for at least three months. … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing." Farzana Iqbal was killed by her family outside of a Pakistani court in the city of Lahore … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday reported [press release] that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the government. Manjoo … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi [JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded guilty [pretrial agreement, PDF] to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan [JURIST news archive] officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged [press release] authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan on Monday convicted a group of 29 people of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. The court sentenced the group to prison terms ranging from nine years to life. The group was arrested in April and May 2012 and was accused [reuters report] of plotting … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced Wednesday that the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions [official websites] has filed terrorism charges [press release] against a Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner accused of plotting with al Qaeda to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. The detainee, Ahmed al Darbi, has … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. Advocacy group Freedom Now … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the National Assembly of Kosovo [official website] Wednesday to remove certain provisions in the draft criminal code that they claim violate freedom of the press [press release]. In a letter [text], HRW claims that articles 37 and 38 of the draft code … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Leyla Safarova, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the fifth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Safarova explores property law in Azerbaijan, arguing that ineffective laws, distrust … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [advocacy websites] urged Azerbaijani authorities on Tuesday to conduct an investigation into the violent attack by police and security personnel against journalist Idrak Abbasov. Abbasov was beaten by the state energy company … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Nov 2011

JURIST Senior Editor Sarah Paulsworth, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, is a Boren Fellow and has lived and worked in Azerbaijan. She writes about the impermissible pressure Azerbaijan's Lawyers' Collegium exerts on independent lawyers who defend dissidents, human rights activists and journalists...The past several months have … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Friday released the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. The report outlined three prevailing trends that shaped human rights in 2010. These included the growth of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the increase in access to the Internet and mobile … [read more]

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