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Amnesty International Included the Persecution of Fakhraddin Aboszoda in its Annual Report for 2019

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Amnesty International Included the Persecution of Fakhraddin Aboszoda in its Annual Report for 2019

On 16 April, Amnesty International released its annual report for 2019 “Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.
The authors of the report note: "Freedom of expression has come under attack in all countries of the region with no exception" (https://eurasia.amnesty.org/annual-report/).
Particularly, the report describes the persecution of Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov), the leader of the Talysh national movement and a famous scholar and journalist.
"The government of the country [of Azerbaijan] continued to seek the forcible return of its critics from abroad. To do so, on 28 February, the authorities arrested ethnic Talysh activist Fakhraddin Abbasov upon his deportation from Russia. He was charged with inciting violent uprising and ethnic hatred. His trial was ongoing at the end of the year, and he remained in prison," the report said.
In addition, the authors of the report did not disregard the illegal extradition of Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov) to the Azerbaijani authorities:
"Political emigrant from Azerbaijan Fakhraddin Abbasov (Aboszoda), who had lived in Russia since 2008, was arrested in September 2018 on the basis of an extradition request issued by the Azerbaijani authorities who accuse him of crimes against the state. In October 2018, the Ministry of the Interior rejected his application for asylum due to the fact that he already had a residence permit in the Russian Federation valid until February 2019. He contested this decision, and on 28 February 2019, a court hearing of his appeal was due to take place. However, on 27 February, unknown law enforcement officers took him out of the cell and brought to an unknown place. The hearing was postponed. And on 1 March the State Security Service of Azerbaijan reported the detention of Fakhraddin Abbasov upon his arrival at Baku International Airport on 28 February".
We would like to recall that officially on 27 February 2019, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia refused to satisfy the request of the Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan to extradite Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov). However, on the same day, the Lyubertsy Town Court decided to expel Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov), and then unknown people transferred him to the Azerbaijani authorities. After the deportation, on 29 April, the Moscow Regional Court cancelled the decision by the Lyubertsy Town Court.
On 28 February 2019, Amnesty International demanded that the Russian authorities investigate the disappearance of Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov) (https://eurasia.amnesty.org/2019/02/28/amnesty-trebuet-rassledovaniya-ischeznoveni/), and on 6 March of the same year sent a letter to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about his "abduction or forcible return" to Azerbaijan" (https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur04/9985/2019/en/).
However, so far, Russian law enforcement agencies have not conducted any investigation into the illegal extradition of Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov) to Azerbaijan, where he was expected to be unlawfully prosecuted. As a result, on 16 February 2020, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes sentenced the Talysh scholar to 16 years in prison.
Since 12 March 2020, nothing is known about the fate and whereabouts of Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov). The authorities hide all information from relatives of the Talysh scholar.
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В 2019 году в странах Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии присоединялись к мирным протестам, требовали уважения к правам человека, добивались улучшения своего полож...
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