July 28, 2017

Urgent Action: Detained Journalist Faints In Overheated Prison (Azerbaijan: UA 186.17)


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Independent Azerbaijani journalist Aziz Orujov has been held in detention on fabricated charges since 2 May. He is being kept in inhumane conditions. On 23 July he fainted as a result of the sweltering heat in the prison cell. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately released.

1) TAKE ACTION

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Aziz Orujov as the charges against him are unfounded and his detention stems solely from his peaceful work as a journalist;
  • Ensure that he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Fully respect the right to freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, which involves ensuring human rights defenders and journalists can carry out their legitimate activities free of harassment and without fear of reprisals.

Contact these two officials by 8 September, 2017:

President Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President of Azerbaijan
19 Istiqlaliyyat Street
Baku AZ1066, Azerbaijan
Fax: + 994 12 492 0625
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador H.E. Elin Suleymanov
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2741 34th Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Tel: 1 202 337 3500; Fax: 1 202 337 5911
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @azembassyus
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 186.17
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