Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Azerbaijan

Prominent Azerbaijani Rights Activists Not Allowed To Leave Country

By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

Baku says that Azerbaijani human rights activists Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus, are not permitted to travel abroad to receive medical treatment.

The Court of Appeals in Baku ruled on March 11 that the couple cannot travel to Germany due to their suspended prison terms.

Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus were sentenced to 8 1/2 and seven years in prison, respectively, in August after a court found them guilty of economic crimes.

The sentencings were denounced as a travesty of justice by the two defendants and by international human rights groups.

In November and December, they were released on health grounds and their imprisonment sentences were reduced to suspended sentences.

Leyla Yunus, 60, the founding director of the unregistered Peace and Democracy Institute in Baku, and her husband, Arif Yunus, 61, who worked for the organization, say they need urgent medical treatment in Germany.

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