Politically Motivated Administrative Detentions in Azerbaijan

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Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared this report in order to investigate human rights violations associated with the increasing use of administrative detention as a tool of political repression. The purpose of the report is to explore true reasons behind administrative detentions and to propose recommendations to relevant stakeholders for addressing the issue.

The report is based on information collected from detainees and their lawyers, as well as verified media reports. The organization recorded 131 politically motivated administrative detentions during the period between January 2018 and February 2019. The report also refers to previous administrative detentions for illustrative purposes.

EMDS stresses that the real number of politically motivated administrative detentions is likely to be much higher. But many of them go without being reported or covered by media. The document also includes multiple detentions of one person.

For full report, download file here.