New Azerbaijani law on unsanctioned public gatherings
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 November 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, New Azerbaijani law on unsanctioned public gatherings, 2 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/509b8b0e28.html [accessed 18 December 2013]|
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November 02, 2012
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
Azerbaijani opposition activists protested the amendments in Baku on November 2.
Azerbaijan's parliament has adopted amendments to the law on public gatherings which significantly increase fines for illegal demonstrations.
The fines have been increased to up to $10,000 for organizing or participating in unsanctioned public gatherings.
Before, the maximum fine was $640.
Carrying firearms, knives, or explosives at such gatherings could now be punished by up to three years' imprisonment.
Earlier on November 2, Baku police dispersed dozens of activists protesting the amendments.
Several activists were detained and later released.
Earlier this week, human rights group Amnesty International called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to "end the crackdown on dissent and to ensure that all citizens are able to enjoy their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association."