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Europe: Call upon Azerbaijani President to release pro-democracy activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev

Harvard University alumni, MPP`09, AIESEC MCP, (Started AIESEC in Azerbaijan), former parliamentary candidate, pro-democracy activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev has been convicted and sentenced for two years in Azerbaijan for his pro-democracy efforts. Amnesty International considers Bakhtiyar Hajiyev to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of his views, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

See pages 418-423 of 2012 Global Report by Human Rights Watch.
At:http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/wr2012.pdf

See pages 23-24 of the Amnesty International Report, “The Spring that Never Blossomed: Freedoms Suppressed in Azerbaijan."
At: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR55/011/2011/en/831dedec-1c7a-47a3-99ec-f59d1c2f3a19/eur55

Background: On November 4th, 2011, 1/3 part of Bakhtiyar`s prison term has already served. Under Azerbaijani law it gives Bakhtiyar a chance forparole. Also, on March 4th, one year, half of his prison term are going to be served, it gives him additional chance for parole too.
Every months tens of real criminals are released from Prison where Bakhtiyar still remains behind bars. However, December 29, first instance court rejected his appeal for parole. Now it is time to ask from authorities, Why Bakhtiyar not?

This petition was delivered to:
  • President of European Commission
    Jose Manuel Barosso
  • Secretary General of Council of Europe
    Thorbjorn Jagland
  • Secretary General of OSCE
    Lomberto Zannier
  • President of the European Parliament
    Martin Schulz
  • President of European Union
    Herman Van Rompuy


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