Azerbaijan: HRW criticizes Baku for intimidating youth activists
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||3 April 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijan: HRW criticizes Baku for intimidating youth activists, 3 April 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/519a6b3c18.html [accessed 24 May 2017]|
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April 03, 2013
Rachel Denber, Human Rights Watch's deputy Europe and Central Asia director
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Azerbaijani authorities appear to be trying to silence members of a youth activist group.
In a statement released on April 3, HRW's deputy Europe and Central Asia director, Rachel Denber, said that the recent arrests of seven activists on charges of illegal drugs and weapons possession "are clearly intended to intimidate other young activists critical of the government."
All seven are board members of Nida, a youth opposition movement that is active on social media.
HRW says they were detained in connection with a peaceful protest on March 10.
In the most recent arrests, the Nasimi District Court ordered pretrial detention for Nida board members Uzeyir Mammadli, Rashadat Akhundov, and Zaur Qurbanli.
HRW says Azerbaijani authorities have a record of pressing false charges, including drug possession, to intimidate and silence investigative journalists.