23 March 2019, 19:41

Turkey extradites religious activist to Azerbaijan

Anar Djabbarov, an activist of the "Muslim Unity" Movement (MUM), detained in Turkey, was brought to Baku. Rights defenders associate the persecution of Djabbarov with the conflict in Nardaran.

Djabbarov was detained in Istanbul under the pretext of problems with documents, a MUM source told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, noting that Azerbaijan celebrated the Novruz Bayram until March 26; and they couldn't find an advocate for Djabbarov because of the days-off.

He explained that Djabbarov left the country in November 2015 due to arrests of MUM activists after the Nardaran events. Initially, he lived in Russia, and then moved to Turkey.

In November 2015, two law enforcers and five local residents perished in a special operation in Nardaran. After that, there were mass arrests of MUM supporters.

In the case of Djabbarov, the fact of violation of extradition procedures is obvious, Ogtai Gyulyalyev, the coordinator of the Centre for the Protection of Political Prisoners, believes.

"An extradition should be carried out exclusively by a court ruling with the right to appeal and the provision of advocates," he has explained.

"Without any court hearings, Djabbarov was extradited to Azerbaijani authorities. This is a violation of international norms," Elshan Gasanov, the coordinator of the Union for the Freedom of Political Prisoners of Azerbaijan, has added.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 23, 2019 at 01:30 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

All news

July 16, 2019 00:52

  • Human rights defenders: why natives of Caucasus leave for Europe

    The practice to deport natives of Northern Caucasus to Russia contradicts the principles of the international law. People who seek asylum in Europe are victims of domestic violence and unlawful criminal prosecution, as well as those who are being harassed in their homeland for their religious beliefs. This is stated in the report prepared by human rights defender Svetlana Gannushkina, extracts from which the "Caucasian Knot" publishes.

July 15, 2019 22:47

July 15, 2019 22:35

  • Picketers on anniversary of Natalia Estemirova's murder detained

    Law enforcers detained Alexander Cherkasov, the chairman of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" Board, Svetlana Gannushkina, the head "Civic Assistance Committee", and Elena Milashina, a correspondent of the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta". The activists held a picket in the centre of Moscow to remind people of the unsolved murder of Natalia Estemirova.

July 15, 2019 18:06

July 15, 2019 17:22

  • Georgian activists report about new conflict on territory of monastery complex

    A conflict between residents of Georgia and border guards of Azerbaijan arose at the "David Gareja" Monastery Complex after icons had been removed from one of the temples, reported a guide of the monastery complex. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Georgia reported about launching an investigation into the incident.

News archive