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Consular Section, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Lower Ground floor
4, Kensington Court
London W8 5DL
The cases of Intigram Aliyev & Rasul Jafarov
I am writing to you in order to highlight the cases of Intigram Aliyev & Rasul Jafarov.
As you will be aware Intigam Aliyev is a human rights lawyer. He was sentenced the 22nd April 2015 to seven and a half years in prison. Human Rights Watch called the charges ‘bogus’ and apparently include tax evasion, illegal business activities, embezzlement and abuse of authority. Is it any coincidence that he was being charged due to the fact that he has brought hundreds of cases to the European Court of Human Rights?
You will be aware that his health has declined since he was detained in August 2014. It is reported by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) that a medical report from October found conditions that require hospitalisation.
On the 16th April 2015 Rasul Jafarov was handed a six and a half year prison sentence on similar charges. He had been planning campaigns to raise awareness about political prisoners in the run up to the European Games.
It is my view that the convictions are part of an attempt by the authorities to silence dissent, and to silence the attack by the state of civil, political and socio-economic rights.
I call on you to release Intigram Aliyev & Rasul Jafarov
I look forward to hearing from you.