Azerisk fotograf släppt men riskerar upp till 5 års fängelse

I ett brev till Azerbajdzjans president Ilham Aliyev protesterar vi mot att fotografen Mehman Huseynov arresterats och står åtalad för huliganism. Om han fälls riskerar Huseynov upp till fem års fängelse. Vi uppmanar de azeriska myndigheterna att garantera en säker arbetsmiljö för landets människorättsförsvarare.

Mehman Huseynov greps på Sabayil District polisstation efter ett tre timmar långt förhör relaterat till en olaglig demonstration i Baku den 21 maj, där polisen använde våld mot demonstranterna och mot de journalister som rapporterade om händelsen. Mehman Husejnov, som var på demonstrationen i egenskap av journalist, fick sin kamera sönderslagen av polisen, varefter han hade en verbal konflikt med polisen. Anklagelserna mot Mehman Husejnov är kopplade till bråket med polisen.
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Mr President,

On behalf of Civil Rights Defenders, I write to express my concern over the arrest of Mehman Huseynov in Baku on 12 June 2012, as a result of his journalistic work during a demonstration. Huseynov was freed from custody later that day, but remains accused of hooliganism and risks up to five years in prison.

Mehman Huseynov is a photographer and videographer, and was actively involved in the campaign “Sing for Democracy” connected to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Civil Rights Defenders believes that the charges against Huseynov are based on an investigation that did not meet international standards of impartiality. We therefore urge you to use your influence to ensure that a new investigation is initiated of the events in connection to the demonstration on 21st of May, when police broke up an illegal but peaceful demonstration. In the meantime, all charges against Mehman Huseynov should be dropped.

Moreover, we urge you to ensure that all violence and intimidation against journalists and other human rights defenders in Azerbaijan in the course of their work are fully and impartially investigated. We call upon the Azeri authorities to take all necessary measures in accordance with the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders to ensure an environment in which human rights defenders can continue their legitimate human rights work in a safe manner.

Thank you for your attention to the concerns raised in this letter. We welcome any feedback or response.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Hårdh
Executive Director

Kategorier: Uttalanden.
Etiketter: Mehman Huseynov och Sing for Democracy.
Regions: Azerbajdzjan.