Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Azerbaijan: Dozens of Peaceful Protesters Convicted

Posted by Info on 16/03/2011

Azerbaijani courts have sentenced at least 30 people who took part in peaceful protests to between 5 and 8 days in prison in late night trials that were closed to the public. The rallies on March 11 and 12, 2011, in the wake of the mass protests in the Middle East, protested government corruption and called for the Azerbaijan leadership to resign.

“Azerbaijani authorities should immediately set free those detained for supporting the protests in Baku,”
said Rachel Denber, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.Instead of jailing peaceful protesters, the authorities should be investigating police conduct during those rallies.

Over a two-day period, the police rounded up about 100 people in downtown Baku who had intended to or who had participated in the rallies. Most were held for a few hours and released after police took statements from them, but courts sentenced at least 30 people to administrative – or misdemeanor – detention, on charges of disobeying police orders or participating in an unsanctioned rally.

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