The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared the report to investigate human rights violations associated with the increasing use of administrative detention as a tool of political repression. The purpose of the report is to explore the true reasons behind administrative detentions and to propose recommendations for relevant stakeholders to address the issue.
The report is based on information collected from detainees and their lawyers, as well as verified media reports. EMDS recorded 131 politically motivated administrative detentions during the period between January 2018 and February 2019.
The real number of politically motivated administrative detentions is likely to be much higher, warns EDMS. But many of them go without being reported or covered by media.
Published in January 2019, EMDS’s Fact Sheet 2018: Human Rights Situation in Azerbaijan provides an overview of violations in Azerbaijan by category, providing context and cases in each.