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March 8, 2011 Leave a comment
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Jabbar Savalan’s appeal denied

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

On 2 March Sumgait Appeals Court looked at APFP Youth Committee member Jabbar Savalan’s appeal and did not accept the complaint. This is according to information given to RFE/RL Azeri service by Anar Gasimov, Jabbar Savalan’s attorney.
The decision means that Jabbar Savalan’s pre-trial detention period of 2 months will remain the same.
The attorney said that, as soon as the session started, he made his complaint to the judges: “The judges were from the Sumgayit Appeals Court civil offence board, so I appealed that the case should be looked at by the criminal offence board. The complaint was not accepted.”
The process, which lasted over an hour, saw the judge Azer Husynov deny all appeals made by the defense.

On 2 March, Jabar Savalan’s mother Teravet Aliyeva was called to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and had to write a statement there. She informed RFE/RL of this herself.
“I sent a complaint to the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding my son being wrongfully accused and detained. For this I was called to the Ministry for a written explanation of my complaint.”
“After I wrote the complaint the interrogator took my statement to the chief officer. Later he returned, telling me that the officer asks whether my son was smoking a cigarette. I said no. The interrogator told me to go, that they would look at the case and give me an answer.”

The head of department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Orkhan Mansurzada has said to RFE/RL Azeri service that Teravet Aliyeva was invited to MIA Investigative Bureau and that the head of the bureau heard her out.

Categories: ENG

The Statement of Dalga Youth Movement about arresting of youth actvist Jabbar Savalanli

February 15, 2011 2 comments

We are, Dalga Youth Movement have announcing a statement criticizing arresting of Jabbar Savalanli, an activist of Azerbaijanian National Front Party’s Youth Commitee. In the statement Movement has called government to decide justly.
We criticize judgment, 2 month imprisonment of Jabbar Savalanli, an activist of Azerbaijanian Front Party’s youth organization which has slandered in keeping of drugs and arrested in 5th February 2011.
We consider that, this action prevents the formation of political views of young people in Azerbaijan. We call all social active youth to be solitary about this event. As a Dalga Youth Movement we always stand guard human rights.
We always criticized actions like this. Such cases badly affects on Azerbijanian Republic’s youth policy, international reputation , belief of youth to government and relation between government and youth.
We hope, the court will judge justly about this activist which absurdly slandered. Otherwise we are going to do our civil duty by using our right which has given to us by constitution to support him.
As a Dalga Youth Movement we decided to support and be active in Rights Defense Committee of Jabbar Savalanli.

Orkhan Nabiyev

The Chairman of
Dalga Youth Movement

Categories: ENG

Demonstration in support of Savalan held in front of Sumgait Court of Law

February 15, 2011 3 comments

“We are all Jabbar, we are all junkies”

The complaint against APFP Youth Committee member Jabbar Savalan’s rights being denied, not being allowed to see a lawyer and being under psychological pressure while interviewed while he was held at Sumgait Court of Law was not looked at today. The proceeding, which was scheduled to take place on 14 February at 17:00, has been postponed until 17 February. According to his lawyer Anar Gasimov, the reason for this is that Jabbar Savalan was not brought to the courthouse: “We did, however, make our complaint to the judge responsible for this case. Because it was Elman Mammadov, the same judge who gave the verdict regarding Jabbar Savalan’s pre-trial detention.” (Media Forum)

Even though the court proceedings did not take place, the demonstration to defend Jabbar Savalan was still held. The demonstration, which took place at a park near Sumgait Court of Law, was organized by the APFP Youth Committee. Demonstrators held placards with slogans such as “We don’t want bread, give us dope, dope, dope,” “We are all Jabbar, we are all junkies,” and held up photos of Jabbar Savalan. The demonstration was peaceful, there were no detainees.

Abulfaz Gurbanli, head of the committee to protect the rights of Jabbar Savalan, has said that there are plans to hold weekly demonstrations and meetings for Jabbar Savalan.

Categories: ENG

Aid campaign for APFP activist’s family

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

An aid campaign has been started to support the family of imprisoned APFP activist Jabbar Savalan, who is being held on charges of narcotics possession.
This is according to information given by Abulfaz Gurbanli, leader of the Committee to Protect Jabbar Savalan‘s Rights. He says that the campaign will start as of next week.

On 14 February, two court proceedings with relation to Jabbar Savalan’s case are expected to take place.
One of these is regarding an appeal against the court’s decision; the other is in relation to the way the APFP activist was treated by the police.
Jabbar Savalan was held by the police on 5 February as a criminal case was opened against him according to Article 234.1 of the Criminal Code – after narcotic substances were found on him. He could be sentence with up to 3 years in prison.

Sumgait Court of Justice gave the verdict of 2 months pre-trial detention. The defense, who claim that the charges against the defendant are fabricated, and that they are related to Jabbar Savalan’s recent political activity.

Categories: ENG

Azerbaijan Doesn’t Like Your Facebook Status

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Jabbar Savalan has been jailed for two months pending trial on drugs charges © IRFS

The three-week grassroots protest in Egypt that brought down thirty years of autocracy in the land of the pyramids has authoritarian Azerbaijan, among others, worried.

Amnesty International’s latest statement on Azerbaijan – which, ironically, has a statue of Hosni Mubarak in the Egyptian-Azerbaijani Friendship park in capital Baku – details the arrest of a youth activist:

Jabbar Savalan, a 20-year-old student, was arrested [on his way home from a political meeting and charged with “possessing narcotics with intent to supply”] in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan, after his Facebook status called for a “Day of Rage” in Freedom Square in Baku, echoing the calls for protest in the Middle East.

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On the evening of 5 February he was interrogated without a lawyer, in violation of Article 19 of the Azerbaijani Criminal Procedure Code, and pressured into signing a confession which he has since retracted…. Police reportedly told him that his punishment had already been decided “at the highest level”.

Jabbar’s colleague Elcin Hasanov was summoned to answer questions about posts he had made on Facebook calling for youth action to support Jabbar. He was told to remove the Facebook posts.

Azerbaijan’s crackdown on Internet activism is not new. Two bloggers, finally released late last year, were charged with hooliganism after making a YouTube video mocking the government.

Time Magazine chose “you” as its person of the year in 2006 “for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game…” The “you”s in Egypt – average Internet using folk – are the men and women authoritarian governments now fear. Leaderless revolutions are becoming impossible to stop. That’s why Azerbaijan, with a president hoping to rule for decades, is prosecuting Facebook updates. And it’s not the only one.

In neighboring Armenia, were digital democracy had some case-by-case success last year, the state-run TV says that Facebook threatens the foundation of the family. “Virtual revolutionaries, hope to see you when it’s time to go to the streets!” is one of many Facebook status updates that has Armenian authorities worried. The authorities in neighboring Azerbaijan are not taking chances. Amnesty International has urged them to stop the harassment of activists inspired by Egypt protests.

Categories: ENG

AZAD Condemns Prosecution of Youth Activists In Azerbaijan

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

LONDON. February 11, 2011: Amnesty International has urged the Azerbaijani authorities to stop the harassment of activists, after two members of an opposition youth organization were apparently targeted this week for using Facebook to call for anti-government protests.

Jabbar Savalan, a member of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party’s (APFP) youth group, has been jailed for two months pending trial on drugs charges after he posted on Facebook calling for a “Day of Rage” inspired by protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

Elcin Hasanov, also a member of the APFP youth group, was summoned by the police on 9 February, after he posted on Facebook calling for youth action against Jabbar Savalan’s detention. The police questioned him and told him to retract his comments and apologize. He has not done so.

“The authorities have already effectively muzzled much of the mainstream media. By clamping down on online activism they are silencing one of the few remaining platforms for the open discussion of critical views in Azerbaijan,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director at Amnesty International.

“These drugs charges could be being used as a pretext to punish Jabbar Savalan for his political activism. There is a striking similarity between his case and others in which the Azerbaijani authorities have brought drug-related charges against prominent critics.”

Jabbar Savalan, a 20-year-old student, was arrested by police in the city of Sumgayit as he returned home from an APFP meeting on the evening of 5 February, the day after he had posted on Facebook calling for protests to take place in Freedom Square in the capital Baku.
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Police searched his home while he was at the meeting, claiming to be acting on an anonymous tip-off.

A month before his arrest Jabbar Savalan had reposted an article critical of Azerbaijan’s President on Facebook originally published in a Turkish newspaper. He had also taken part in an anti-government protest on 20 January.

Jabbar Savalan’s lawyer said that police officers handcuffed him and forced him into a police car without searching him or giving a reason for his arrest.

He was later searched at the police station, where police say they found 0.74 grams of marijuana in his coat pocket. He was charged with “possessing narcotics with intent to supply.”

On 7 February, Sumgayit District Court ordered Jabbar Savalan to spend two months in pre-trial detention. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to three years.

Jabbar Savalan’s family and friends say that he has no history of drug use. His lawyer has called for an independent drugs test to be carried out.

The evening of his arrest, Jabbar Savalan was interrogated without a lawyer and pressured into signing a confession which he later retracted.

Jabbar Savalan’s lawyer was only allowed to see him two days after his arrest. His family has not been allowed to visit him in detention.

“Amnesty International calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to justify Jabbar Salavan’s pre-trial detention or release him immediately, pending a trial in line with international fair trial standards,” said John Dalhuisen.

Journalists and civil society activists in Azerbaijan are frequently subjected to threats, harassment and violence and prevented from carrying out their work, sometimes through the excessive use of force by police officers (Amnesty International).

Categories: ENG