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Urgent Action: JAILED ACADEMIC’S HEALTH IN PERIL (Azerbaijan 77.23)

April 16, 2024

Gubad Ibadoghlu is a renowned economist and political activist. On July 23, 2023, the Azerbaijani authorities detained him on fabricated charges in an apparent retaliation for his criticism of the government. He suffers from serious health issues including diabetes and heart conditions. Gubad Ibadoglu’s health has severely deteriorated in custody as he is not receiving adequate health care. According to his family, his health may reach a critical point soon, unless he is released and allowed to access necessary health care.

take action:

  • Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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contact information:

Ilham Aliyev

President of Azerbaijan

Office of the President of Azerbaijan

19 Istiqlaliyyat Street

Baku AZ1066, Azerbaijan

Email: [email protected]

Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United States

Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim

2741 34th St

NW, Washington, DC 20008

Email: [email protected]


[email protected]

sample letter:

Dear President,

I am writing to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Gubad Ibadoghlu, a prominent academic and political activist, who is being targeted for his anti- corruption work and criticism of the Azerbaijani authorities. Gubad Ibadoghlu has been detained since July 23, 2023 on fabricated charges and he remains in Kurdakhani detention center, where his health is deteriorating due to poor conditions and lack of adequate healthcare.

According to his family, he has not been provided with adequate medicine and treatment for his diabetes and heart condition. They fear that his health may reach a critical point soon, putting his life in danger. The International Committee of the Red Cross have not been granted access to Gubad Ibadoghlu raising further concerns that the state of his health and his conditions are very poor and being concealed by the government.

Gubad Ibadoghlu has not committed any crime and the charges against him are trumped up. The conditions of his detention and the denial of adequate health care may amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. 

I urge you to take steps that will ensure Gubad Ibadoghlu’s immediate and unconditional release.

Yours sincerely,