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The U.S Embassy released the statement concerning the 2 April actions

by Sabina Vagif

The United States Embassy released the following statement about the protests were held on April 2:

The Embassy of the United States wishes to express its concern s about actions taken by the Government of Azerbaijan to prevent the peaceful assembly of opposition groups in central Baku on April 2, including the detention of opposition activists in the days before the planned protests.  The U.S. calls on the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the rights of all its citizens to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, which are guaranteed under the Azerbaijani Constitution and international human rights instruments, including OSCE commitments.   Respect for these rights is essential for promoting the sort of dialogue between citizens and their government that forms the basis for positive change and the deeper development of a culture of democracy in any society.

We call for those detained in association with demonstrations to be afforded due process under the law, with open and transparent hearings and adequate access to legal counsel.


The trajectory of 2 April “A Day of Rage” protests

This map shows the trajectory of protests. Red points are the main places where the protests were held.

by Zhala Najafova


Five protesters say they faced brutality at police station

by Sabina Vagif


by Tahmina Pashayeva

Azerbaijan Committee against Torture said that five protesters who took part  in 2 April rally faced brutality at the police station. Deputy chairman of  “Musavat Party” Tofig Yagublu  is one of them.

The chairman of Azerbaijan Committee against Torture, Elchin Behbudov, told BakuPost today that he will apply to Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for inhumane behavior against these arrested people.

“Yesterday I met with arrested people. At present twenty four people arrested under administrative order. But  criminal case had been raised against the chairman of the Musavat Youth Organization Tural Abbasli. At the same time five arrested people applied to me as torture cases.”

Elchin Behbudov said that thirteen police officers are being treated at  Military Hospital of  MIA  as the result of their injures during the protest.

“Yesterday I was in Military Hospital of  MIA. They informed me that eleven police officers were injured severely enough to be kept overnight at hospital.”

“2 April – Great Day of Rage”

by Tahmina Pashayeva

More 10 thousand users of  Facebook Social Network were invited to the “2 April – Great Day of Rage”.

The group called “ 2 April – A Great Day of Rage” was created on Facebook social network. The group says it will hold a meeting at 2 p.m in Fountain Square on 2 April. According to the information received by Baku Post , 915 persons have responded on Facebook that they will attend the protest and 402 person replied they maybe would attend and participate. Facebook also reports that 1645 people will not attend . More then seven thousands people have not replied yet.

Elnur Majidli, who is one of the founders of  the group, told to the Baku Post that “2 April – Great Day of Rage” will be continuation of the Great People’s Day.

“That is only project of people. It is organized separately from the political parties. So that the National meeting of the Public Chamber  which will be held on the same day is carried out on the basic of  the leading opposition parties’ plans.   We tried that to protect social tension in the country, to make people more courageous and to make the power to reform.” Continue reading