Rapporteurs welcome presidential pardon of prisoners in Azerbaijan, call for release of all political prisoners

Sunna Aevarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, along with Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Monitoring Committee co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, today welcomed the release, following the Navruz presidential pardon, of more than 400 sentenced prisoners in Azerbaijan, including over 50 persons considered to be…

Azerbaijan: 51 political prisoners released during Novruz celebrations

On 16 March 2019, 51 political prisoners were released from prison following a pardon issued by the President of Azerbaijan in relation to the Novruz celebrations. While International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Human Rights Club welcome the releases as a positive development, we maintain that these individuals should have never been detained and…