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Azerbaijan: Elchin Sadigov and Avaz Zeynally should be released

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on the Azerbaijan authorities to release lawyer Elchin Sadigov and journalist Avaz Zeynally whose arrest on 10 September on charges of bribery is likely to be politically motivated. On 11 September, Binagadi Regional Court of Baku ordered their pre-trial detention for a period of four months. Both […]

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Tajikistan: detained protesters should be given immediate access to lawyers

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) calls on Tajikistan’s authorities to ensure that those arrested and charged in relation to the recent protests in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) be immediately guaranteed the right of access to a lawyer. Without access to a lawyer, many people are arbitrarily detained and are likely to face unfair […]

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Access to lawyers must be ensured for anti-war protesters in the Russian Federation

The months following the Russian Federation’s military invasion in Ukraine have been marked, in Russia itself, by a wave of protests against the invasion and systematic official suppression of expressions of opposition to the invasion. The government has hastily adopted new restrictive laws limiting expression of views on the conflict, followed by immediate enforcement through […]

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