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This amounts to a violation of her right to be represented by lawyers of her own choice, which is an essential element of the right to a fair trial


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From:

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President

Ilham Aliyev

Office of the President of Azerbaijan

19 Istiqlaliyyat Street

Baku AZ1066

Azerbaijan

Date: ______________


Dear President Aliyev,

I am deeply disturbed to learn that the two main lawyers (Javad Javadov and Khalid Bagirov) representing the human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus have been removed from her case and that criminal charges of libel have been brought against a third lawyer (Alayif Huseynov) who spoke out on her behalf. This amounts to a violation of her right to be represented by lawyers of her own choice, which is an essential element of the right to a fair trial.

Amnesty International considers both Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yanus to be prisoners of conscience. I agree with their opinion and call upon you and your government to release Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus immediately and unconditionally.

As the current chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Azerbaijan should be a guardian of human rights in Europe. It is therefore imperative that you guarantee full respect for and protection of the right to freedom of expression in your own country.

Please take action immediately to right the concerns expressed above. Thank you.

Yours very sincerely,
From:

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Prosecutor General

Zakir Qaralov

7 Rafibeyli Street

Baku AZ1001

Azerbaijan

Date: ______________

Dear Prosecutor General,

I am deeply disturbed to learn that the two main lawyers (Javad Javadov and Khalid Bagirov) representing the human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus have been removed from her case and that criminal charges of libel have been brought against a third lawyer (Alayif Huseynov) who spoke out on her behalf. This amounts to a violation of her right to be represented by lawyers of her own choice, which is an essential element of the right to a fair trial.

Amnesty International considers both Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yanus to be prisoners of conscience. I agree with their opinion and call upon you and your government to release Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus immediately and unconditionally.

As the current chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Azerbaijan should be a guardian of human rights in Europe. It is therefore imperative that you guarantee full respect for and protection of the right to freedom of expression in your own country.

Please take action immediately to right the concerns expressed above. Thank you.



Yours very sincerely,


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