The complaint of five opposition members in the ECHR

Baku / 18.12.17 / Turan: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has launched an investigation into the application of 7 Azerbaijani citizens.

They complain of unreasonable detention during opposition protests and violation of property rights, reads a message published on the ECHR website.

Detainees for participating in protest actions are members of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan - Zarifa Mahyaddinova, Natavan Salimzade, Kamal Khalilov (Bananyarly), Mardan Huseynov and Ramiz Akhadov.

For example, Akhadov's statement says that for participation in the protest action in 2011 he was detained by the police, insulted, beaten until unconscious.

At the same time, he was not provided with medical assistance. He was sentenced administratively and after being released from custody he applied to the hospital and received treatment.

Akhadov also complained to the prosecutor's office and demanded the commencement of criminal proceedings on the fact of torture over him. The prosecutor's office confirmed the fact of the beating, but refused to start the criminal case on the pretext of lack of evidence that he was beaten by police officers.

Four other oppositionists said that they were subjected to police violence during the protest action of the "Public Chamber" in 2012 in Baku.

Their complaints to the prosecutor's office were also not objectively investigated and the institution of criminal proceedings was refused.

PFPA members ask the ECHR to recognize violations of rights under articles 3 (the right not to be tortured), 5 (the right to liberty and security of the person), 6 (the right to a fair trial) and 11 (the right to peaceful assembly).

The interests of the applicants are represented by the well-known lawyer and human rights activist Intigam Aliyev.

The ECHR sent questions to the government in connection with the investigation of complaints.- 05D-

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