Nakhchivan activists attacked

Two employees of the Nakhchivan-based Democracy and NGO Development Resource Center were attacked and seriously beaten by an orchestrated group of athletic mobsters on 15 December.

Both NGO activists, Ilgar Nasibov and Vafadar Eyvazov were trying to arrange a seminar in the University as part of the project funded by the Norwegian Embassy to combat widespread corruption at Nakhchivan State University.  At that time, a group of some fifty sportsmen studying at Sport faculty of the University urged the activists to leave the University campus. When refused, the sportsmen dragged out the activists and fell them down and beat them heavily. 

Malahat Nasibova, 2009 Rafto award-winning journalist of «Azadliq» radio (Azerbaijani service of RFERL), who also heads the ‘Democracy and NGO development Resource Center’, said her husband Ilgar Nasibov and employee Vafadar Eyvazov suffer from rib fractures caused by heavy injuries on abdominal cavity and spine.

Nasibova said the doctors refused to render medical aid, though both activists were hospitalized. She believes the doctors were intimidated by local officials to stay away from providing medical help to the activists. 

Nasibova’s complaint letter on identifying and punishing the assailants was also not accepted by the Nakhchivan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, which said the ‘working time had finished when Nasibova submitted the complain letter’. 

With its grave human rights violations, Nakhchivan remains to be the most infamous and authoritarian region of Azerbaijan. The human rights and opposition activists in Nakhchivani still continue to face numerous incidents of politically-motivated orchestrated mob attacks, physical harassment and intimidation that clearly appear to be instigated by the incumbent authorities to stifle the dissent. In all such cases, the perpetrators continue to enjoy virtual impunity. 

Civil society groups in Nakhchivan operate under severe restrictions, and activists cooperating with or working for international organisations face threats, persecution and arrest under fabricated charges.  

Malahat Nasibova and her husband, Ilgar Nasibov are two of the few outspoken  journalists reporting regularly on the human rights situation in Nakhchivan for «Azadliq» radio (Azerbaijani service of RFERL) and opposition’s «Turan» news agency. Both have faced many vicious pressures ranging from physical attack to home search and detention in past years. The local government in Nakhchivan extensively relies on the security forces and police to prevent and control any signs of public dissent and to crush government critics.

Latest

November 19, 2018

Belarus needs “true desire” to improve human rights

Following its first review of Belarus in 21 years, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that there are “many issues to address.” Human rights defenders warn that these findings need to translate to changes in the country.

November 12, 2018

Трэнінг «Распрацоўка праектных заявак і асноўныя аспекты праектнага менеджменту»

У вас ёсць ідэя, як абараніць альбо прасунуць правы чалавека ці дэмакратычныя каштоўнасці, але вы не зусім разумееце, як яе рэалізаваць? У вас ёсць ідэя, але няма партнёраў, і вы не ведаеце, дзе іх шукаць? У вас ёсць ідэя, вы ведаеце, як яе рэалізаваць, ёсць партнёры, але не ведаеце, дзе і як знайсці падтрымку? У вас няма альбо зусім малы досвед працы з праектамі, вонкавым фінансаваннем і справаздачнасцю? Калі перад вамі паўсталі такія пытанні – прыміце ўдзел у трэнінгу «Распрацоўка праектных заявак і асноўныя аспекты праектнага менеджменту».

November 6, 2018

Конкурс на падтрымку праектаў у галіне правоў чалавека і дэмакратычных каштоўнасцяў

Беларускі дом правоў чалавека імя Б. Звозскава абвяшчае конкурс на падтрымку праектаў, накіраваных на абарону і прасоўванне правоў чалавека і дэмакратычных каштоўнасцяў. Конкурс ладзіцца пры фінансавай падтрымцы Еўрасаюза. Заяўкі на конкурс прымаюцца да 28 лютага 2019 года.