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Azerbaijani Activist Released On Eve Of Clinton Visit

Azerbaijani Activist Freed From Prisoni
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June 04, 2012
Azerbaijani activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was released from prison on June 4, nine months before the end of his two-year sentence for evading military service. Hajiyev spoke to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service just after his release, which came on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Baku.

WATCH: Azerbaijani activist Baxtiyar Haciyev was released from prison on June 4, nine months before the end of his two-year sentence for evading military service. Hajiyev spoke to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service just after his release, which came on the eve

By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
Azerbaijani authorities have released a prominent youth activist nine months before the end of a two-year jail term he was ordered to serve soon after helping to organize an antigovernment demonstration.

The release of Baxtiyar Haciyev comes on the eve of U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton's scheduled visit to Baku on June 6.

The move was welcomed by the OSCE's representative on freedom of the media,  Dunja Mijatovic, who was quoted in a statement as saying she hoped Baku would release all imprisoned journalists.

“The decision to release Haciyev is a positive step. However, the authorities could do more to foster freedom of expression by liberating all imprisoned journalists. I look forward to hearing more good news from Azerbaijan in the near future,” Mijatovic said.

Haciyev, 30, is a former parliamentary candidate and a graduate of Harvard University.

He was arrested in March 2011 ahead of a planned demonstration against the Azerbaijani government that he helped organize.

In May 2011, he was convicted on charges of evading military service and sentenced to two years in prison.

Haciyev has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators urged Azerbaijan to release Haciyev, calling his arrest “cruel treatment” and a breach of rights to freedom of expression and association.
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by: Ilham Aliyev from: Baku
June 04, 2012 11:56
Bakhtiyar Hajiyev freed but free?

by: Anonymous
June 04, 2012 17:59
nice to hear that at least one political prisoner was released. unfortunately, this probably happened only due to Clinton's visit and against the background of the harsh criticism expressed by U.S. senators.
president Aliyev could help to improve his image and reputation efficiently by releasing more prisoners and by accepting some changes in Azerbaijan.
From an outside perspective (far from being an expert on Azerbaijan), it might trigger positive and reconciliatory attitudes by his opponents.
In the end, people want progress, freedom of expression and prosperity.
as Mijatovic put it out: "I look forward to hearing more good news from Azerbaijan in the near future."
some PR strategists within the regime could think about the groundbreaking impact of some changes within Azerbaijan and with respect to the perceptions in the European Union, the region and North America.
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by: Sinav from: South Azerbaijan
June 05, 2012 10:35
We may not care if U.S. senators criticize Azerbaijan. U.S. is herself a subject of criticism and president Aliyev doesn’t need a compliance that is deemed as an act of face-saving by the EU. Why not asking the West to free the political prisoners that are convicted under the pretext of terrorism? This would improve their warmongering image and reputation. Also he doesn’t need any reconciliation with those who are obsessed with power rather than real and practical reforms.

We do not want kind of a freedom of expression that would embolden Iranian and EU backed Armenian-friendly human rights activists. Why not first granting freedom of expression for the Turks in France and Muslims in the EU?

Some PR strategists within the regime ought to think about changing Azerbaijan’s alliance rather than groundbreaking impact of some changes with respect to the perceptions in the European Union, the region and North America. The Turkish government paid heed to your hints and you mock her around over joining the EU, Azerbaijan won’t be the second to play by EU rules.

by: Gwen Ratcliffe
June 05, 2012 20:54
I think Mr. Haciyev is a very courageous fellow and an inspiration.

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