The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders
Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels - UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (1999)
The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders unites 30 human rights NGOs in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The Network seeks to facilitate creation of a safer and enabling environment for human rights defenders in the South Caucasus and to strengthen their voices in the region and internationally.
Problems of granting refugee status to aliens
Five Georgian NGOs Appealed to the Justices of the International Criminal Court
On December 4 representatives of Human Rights Center held press-conference about the problems of granting refugee status to aliens in Georgia. The human rights defenders presented the cases of Dashgin Agararli, refugee from Azerbaijan on political grounds and Adam Esmurziev, refugee from Ingushetia, Russian Federation.
Azerbaijan: Time for justice in the case against Leyla and Arif Yunus
With coordination by the Open Society Georgia Foundation, five Georgian non-governmental organizations, among them are three members of the HRHT, addressed their written statement to the justices of the International Criminal Court concerning the commencement of investigation into the war crimes and crimes against humanity possibly committed during the August 2008 war.
Hearing into the Yunus couple case to be renewed at the Baku Appeal Court on October 15
PRESS RELEASE - THE OBSERVATORY
Geneva-Paris, October 16, 2015 – The appeal trial in the case against Ms. Leyla and Mr. Arif Yunus opened before the Baku Grave Crimes Court on October 12. On August 13, both had been convicted to 8.5 and 7 years jail sentences in a trial that grossly disregarded international standards of fair trial and due process. As the appeal trial is unfolding, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH programme) calls for these outrageous sentences to be nullified.
On August 13, 2015 Baku Court on Grave Crimes passed verdict on famous Azerbaijan human rights defender Leyla Yunus and sentenced her to 8 years and 5 months imprisonment; her husband Arif Yunus was sent to prison for 7 years, if nothing will be changed.
Intigam Aliyev receives IBA Human Rights Award 2015 for his dedicated fight to uphold human rights and the rule of law in Azerbaijan
Maria Dahle, Executive Director HRHN, said "Intigam is a colleague of the Human Rights House Network. We are delighted that IBA has honoured his work, and his courage and dedication in defending human rights and standing up against repression. Congratulations Intigam, you deserve this award, just as you deserve to be free and here to collect it in Vienna."
On 1 September, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes convicted Ismayilova on charges of embezzlement, illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, and abuse of office. Ismayilova was acquitted of the charge of inciting someone to attempt suicide. We consider the charges against Khadija Ismayilova to be politically motivated and connected to her work as an investigative journalist
Today, a court in Azerbaijan sentenced Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus to many years in prison. They are long-time civil society actors. Their sentencing today is a symbol of the targeted repression against leading civil society voices in Azerbaijan since the presidential election of October 2013.