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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.

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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).

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İctimai Palata Cabbar Savalanlıya azadlıq tələb edir

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

İctimai Palatanın Koordinasiya Şurası AXCP-çi gənc fəal Cabbar Savalanlının həbsi ilə bağlı bəyanat verib. Bəyanatda deyilir:

“Azərbaycan Xalq Cəbhəsi Partiyasının gənc fəalı Cabbar Savalanlının Cinayət Məcəlləsinin 234.1 maddəsi ilə (Satış məqsədi olmadan qanunsuz olaraq narkotik vasitələri və ya psixotrop maddələri şəxsi istehlak miqdarından artıq miqdarda əldə etmə və ya saxlama) ittiham olunaraq haqqında iki aylıq həbs qətimkan tədbiri seçilməsini İctmai Palata kəskinliklə pisləyir.
Palata baş verənləri birmənalı şəkildə ölkə vətəndaşlarının hüquq və azadlıqlarına yönələn represiya kimi dəyərləndirir. Gənc fəalın narkomaniya ilə hər hansı bağlılığını inkar edərək bəyan edir ki, onun hədəflənməsi aktiv etirazçı mövqeyi, siyasi əqidəsi ilə bağlıdır.

Müşahidələr göstərir ki, Cabbar Savalanlı saxlandığı andan prosedur pozuntularla üzləşib. O ilk andan vəkillə təmin olunmayıb, yaxınları həbslə bağlı bilgilındirlməyib, ifadələr fiziki və mənəvi təzyiqlər altında alınıb. Bütün bunlar Cabbar Savalanlıya qarşı qərəz olduğunu sübut edir.
İctimai Palata siyasi motivlə gerçəkləşdirilən bu həbsi avtoritar rejimin öz dayaqlarını gücləndirmək üçün cəmiyyətdə qorxu yaratmaq, insanları fəal vətəndaş mövqeyindən çəkindirmək istəyi ilə əlaqələndirir.

İctimai Palata hakimiyyəti dərhal yol verdiyi səhvi düzəltməyi, Cabbar Savalanlını dərhal azad etməyi, ölkədə siyasi fərqlilikliyə dözümlə yanaşmağı tələb edir”.

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Azerbaijani youth activists targeted after using Facebook to call for protests

February 11, 2011 2 comments

Two members of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party’s (APFP) youth organization were targeted by police this week after calling for protests against the Azerbaijani government on Facebook. Amnesty International is concerned that the authorities are seeking to further restrict the environment for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan by cracking down on online activism in addition to conventional media.

Jabbar Savalan, a 20-year-old student, was arrested in Sumgayit on 5 February after he posted on Facebook calling for a “Day of Rage” in Freedom Square in Baku, echoing the calls for protest in the Middle East. A month prior to his arrest he had reposted an article, originally published in a Turkish newspaper and critical of Azerbaijan’s President, on his Facebook page. Jabbar Savalan had also been involved in a protest against the government on 20 January.

He made the Facebook post on February 4 and was intercepted by police the following night as he returned home from an APFP meeting. Police had searched his home while he attended the meeting, claiming to be acting on an anonymous tip-off.

According to his lawyer, Asabali Mustafayev, police officers handcuffed Jabbar Savalan and forced him into a police car without giving a reason for his arrest or searching him. He was later searched at the police station, where police claim to have found 0.74 grams of marijuana in his coat pocket. He was charged with “possessing narcotics with intent to supply.“ Despite their claim to be acting on an anonymous tip-off, police did not provide any explanation to Jabbar Savalan or his lawyer as to how it was they believed he had obtained the marijuana, or to whom he intended to supply it. Jabbar Savalan’s family and friends say that he has no history of drugs use. His lawyer has called for an independent drugs test to be carried out.

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“Gənclər Facebook fəaliyyətinə görə təzyiqlə üzləşir”

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Azərbaycan Xalq Cəbhəsi partiyasının gənclər təşkilatının iki üzvü Facebook-da Azərbaycan hökumətinə qarşı etirazlara çağırdıqdan sonra polisin təzyiqinə məruz qalıb.

Bu barədə Amnesty İnternational təşkilatı Jabbar Savalanın həbsi və Elçin Həsənovun polisə çağrılması ilə bağlı verdiyi bəyanatında bildirib.

Amnesty İnternational deyir ki, hakimiyyətin Azərbaycanda söz azadlığı mühitini növbəti dəfə məhdudlaşdırmaq cəhdlərindən, təşkilatın təbirincə, ənənəvi mediadan əlavə onlayn fəaliyyətinə təzyiqlər etməsindən narahatdır.

20 yaşlı tələbə Cabbar Savalan fevralın 5-də Sumqayıtda həbs olunub. O, Facebookda Azadlıq Meydanında Yaxın Şərq üsyanlarından ruhlanaraq etiraz nümayişlərinin təşkil olunmasına çağırmışdı.

Amnesty İnternational qeyd edir ki, həbsindən bir ay öncə Cabbar Savalan Türkiyə mətbuatında Azərbaycan prezidentini tənqid edən yazını öz Facebook səhifəsinə yerləşdirmişdi. O, həmçinin yanvarın 20-də hökumətə qarşı etirazlarda iştirak edib.

Nümayişlərə çağırışı fevralın 4-də Facebookda yerləşdirdikdən sonrakı gecə o, partiyanın toplantısından qayıdarkən polis tərəfindən saxlanıb. O, toplantıda olarkən polis onun evini axtarıb və bunun üçün əlində anonim məlumat olduğunu bildirib.

Vəkili Əsəbəli Mustafayev deyir ki, polis Cabbar Savalanın qollarını bağlayıb və həbsi və yaxud evinin axtarılması ilə bağlı izahat vermədən onu polis maşınına mindirib.

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AZERBAIJAN: Egypt-inspired protests spread to Caucasus, raising tensions

February 10, 2011 2 comments

photo by Turkhan Qarishqa

 

Opposition groups in Azerbaijan are calling for the release of a 20-year-old political activist who was arrested last week after posting a message on his Facebook page calling for Egypt-style protests in Baku’s central square.Although Azerbaijani officials denied the arrest was politically motivated, the situation highlights growing tensions between opposition groups and the government following the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Two days after the Egyptian protests began on Jan. 25, the government appeared to launch a preemptive strike against an similar uprising in Azerbaijan.

The government’s anti-corruption commission, which is overseen by presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Mehiyev, convened Jan. 27 for the first time since 2009. In the following weeks, several government officials have made announcements promising far-reaching anti-corruption measures within government ministries. According to the newspaper Yeni Musavat. 18-year president Ilham Aliyev is also considering reshuffling his Cabinet and calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Artur Rasizade.

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CABBAR SAVALANIN HƏBSİYLƏ BAĞLI EUROADIN BƏYANATI

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

İnformasiya texnologiyalarının inkişaf etməsiylə qloballaşan dünyanın hər bir yanına demokratik cərəyanlar artıq keçmişə nəzərən daha sürətlə yayılmaqdadır. Buna baxmayaraq hələ də bu cərəyanların önünə sədd quran, öz xalqına düşüncə həbsi yaşadan rejimlərin olması olduqca təəssüfləndirici bir haldır.Son 30 ildə bir çox avtoritar, totalitar və bənzəri diktatura rejimlərinin yıxılmasının, sarsılmasının, böyük zərbə almasının şahidi olmuşuq, olmaqdayıq.
Qloballaşan dünya artıq növbəti demokratiya dalğasına hazırlaşır.

Bütün bunlara baxmayaraq, hələ də sərtlikdən istifadə edən rejimlərin gələcək mövcudluğunun sual işarəsi olması hər kəsə məlumdur.

Öz xalqı tərəfindən dəstəklənməyən iqtidar, gec-tez məhvə məhkumdur və süquta uğrayacaqdır.Biz bunun son nümunələrini keçən ay Tunisdə və Misirdə gördük. Əslində bu ölkələrdə baş verənlər, bənzər rejimlərin idarə etdiyi ölkələr üçün dərs olmalıdır.

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