Amnesty International Launches Campaign Demanding Release of Imprisoned NIDA Activists
Amnesty International has launched a campaign to collect signatures for a petition demanding the release of the activists of NIDA Youth Movement arrested imrpisoned for political reasons. Amensty International's campaign page is here .
Amnesty International calls on the Azerbaijani government to immediately release the NIDA activists. The campaign page of Amensty International provides the following background information on the imprisonment of NIDA activists:
"Shahin Novruzlu and fellow youth activists from the pro-democracy movement NIDA campaigned for democracy and against human rights abuses and widespread corruption in Azerbaijan. In February 2013 they created a Facebook event calling for a peaceful protest against injustice in the country.
Shortly afterwards, Shahin and seven other NIDA activists were arrested. Some of them were tortured. As a result, Shahin, who was 17 years old at the time, lost four of his front teeth. His friend Mammad lost hearing in one ear.
Shahin and the rest of the activists are currently in detention on false charges of illegal firearms possession and plotting mass disorder. The final court hearing on their case will take place in the coming days, before the end of May. If convicted they will face up to 12 years in prison.
Meanwhile, on 14 May, Azerbaijan will assume chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s decision-making body, the Committee of Ministers. This organization is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights across Europe. Azerbaijan will be providing leadership in this organization during the next six months. In the meantime in Azerbaijan itself, arbitrary arrest, torture and unfair trials are a reality. Those who express criticism and organize peaceful protests go to prison."
Amensty International calls to take action and write to the Azerbaijani president demanding the immediate release of the imprisoned NIDA activists from prison