UN News - UN expert urges Azerbaijan to drop charges against human rights defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

9 May 2014 – Three human rights defenders facing 12 years in prison for charges brought against them in the aftermath of Azerbaijan’s 2013 presidential elections have drawn the serious concern of United Nations independent experts.

“We are seriously concerned that the three human rights defenders are being prosecuted in retaliation for their legitimate work in documenting alleged widespread irregularities and human rights violations around the presidential elections of 9 October 2013,” explained Mr. Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association....