Azerbaijan

Kamran Shikhaliyev

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 16 Apr 2014
Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Description:
  • Forcibly conscripted on October 10, 2013. Sentenced in April 2014 to one year in a disciplinary unit of the military for his refusal of military service.

    Was transferred to a disciplinary battalion in Salyan, Azerbaijan as of December 2014.

    Sentenced for a second time to 1 year and 22 days in a punitive military battalion on 6 May 2015, and his appeal was refused.

Artur Avanesyan

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 30 Sep 2014
End of detention:
  • 29 Mar 2017
Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Description:
  • Conscientious objector in Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally unrecognised entity. Although within Azerbaijan it is closely aligned with Armenia.

    30 month prison sentence for refusing military service.

Artur Avanesyan

Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


AZERBAIJAN: CO Kamran Shikhaliyev on trial now

Activist:
Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Alert:

Kamran Shikhaliyev, a conscientious objector in Azerbaijan, is on trial this morning in Jalilabad Military Court in southern Azerbaijan, charged with "fraudulently evading military service". He faces up to two years in a military disciplinary prison if convicted.

You can send a protest email here.

Background

Release conscientious objector Kamran Shikhaliyev: on trial now

Activist:
Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Not sent after:
  • 14 Feb 2014
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Ilham Aliyev). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Kamran Shikhaliyev: on trial now

Dear President Ilham Aliyev,

Conscientious objector Kamran Shikhaliyev is on trial today in Jalilabad Military Court.

Charged with fraudulently evading military service, Kamran faces a maximum two-year term in a military disciplinary prison if convicted. Shikhaliyev, a Jehovah's Witness from Baku, was seized at Nizami District Conscription Office on 10 October 2013 as he responded to a call-up notice.

Kamran Shikhaliyev

Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


COs freed in amnesty in Azerbaijan – to mark President's birthday...

Azerbaijan's two known imprisoned conscientious objectors – both Jehovah's Witnesses - have been freed as part of a prisoner amnesty to mark what would have been the late President Heydar Aliev's 90th birthday. Of the two known imprisoned conscientious objectors, Fakhraddin Mirzayev was amnestied on 22 May after eight months' imprisonment and Kamran Mirzayev (no relation) was amnestied on 20 June after three months' imprisonment.

Kamran Mirzayev

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 15 May 2013
End of detention:
  • 20 Jun 2013
Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Description:
  • Sentenced to nine months' imprisonment for conscientious objection. Appeal three days later was rejected.

    Release seven months early in a prisoner amnesty.

Kamran Mirzayev

Country:
  • Azerbaijan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Amnesty International Public Statement on conscientious objection

Right to conscientious objection still not guaranteed in Europe

Amnesty International, marking the International Conscientious Objectors Day, renews its call on all states to recognise the right to conscientious objection to military service. Nearly two years ago the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that states must respect the right to conscientious objection as part of their obligation to respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, bringing European law in line with international human rights standards.

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