Panel discussions at DC: Peaceful protests and torture in Azerbaijan

Washington/31.10.19/Turan:  The USA National Press Club at Washington, DC invites on October 31st  to a Panel discussions called: “October 19th protest rally - torture and crackdown. A new era in Azerbaijan”.

The topic of discussions is the current state of human rights in Azerbaijan with a focus on the recent developments.

Azerbaijani police violently dispersed two peaceful protests on October 19 and 20 in Baku.

The Oct 19 demonstration, organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces, called for the release of political prisoners and for free and fair elections and protested growing unemployment and economic injustice.

Among those detained was the leader of the opposition Popular Front Party, Ali Karimli, who was tortured at the hands of law enforcement officers, while detained for several hours.

Several other detained opposition activists (some are still in jail) reported that they were severely beaten in police custody.

Panelists will include Jamil Hasanli, leader of the The National Council of Democratic Forces, Daniel Balson, Advocacy Director on Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, Sevinj Osmangizi, Azeri-American journalist and founder of Women's Media Watch-Azerbaijan. The event will be moderated by Alex Raufoglu, Washington DC -based journalist and Azerbaijan Country Specialist at Amnesty International USA. -02D-


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