청소년활동가인 의원선거 후보자가 선거부정행위에 대해 폭로한 뒤 국경지대에 구금된 것에 따라 국제앰네스티는 아제르바이잔 당국에 시민사회활동가들을 그만 괴롭힐 것을 촉구했다.
바크티예르 하지예브는 지난 18일부까지 아제르바이잔-그루지아 국경지대 군 훈련소에서 구금되어 있다가 풀려났다.
존 달후이센 유럽•중앙아시아국 부국장은 “바크티예르의 체포는 아제르바이잔 당국이 비판적인 시각을 가진 사람들에게 어떻게 대처 하는지 보여주는 예”라며 “등록된 학생이며 의원선거 후보자로서 병역을 이행하지 않아도 된다는 것이 분명한 상황에서 군에 의해 강제징용 된 것은 있을 수 없는 일”이라고 밝혔다.
주어진 정황에도 불구하고 바크티예르가 강제징용 될 수도 있다고 국제앰네스티는 우려하고 있다. 이는 정부에 비판적인 목소리를 내는 언론인인 에이눌라 파툴라예프(Eynulla Fatullayev)가 강제로 징용된 사건에 따른 것으로 국제앰네스티는 그를 양심수로 지정한 바 있다.
AZERBAIJAN URGED TO END HARASSMENT OF ACTIVISTS
19 November 2010Amnesty International has called on the Azerbaijani authorities to stop harassing civil society activists, after a youth activist and parliamentary candidate who revealed election violations was detained at the country’s border.
Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was detained 18 November on the Azerbaijani-Georgia border and held overnight at a military drafting centre before being released.
“Bakhtiyar Hajiyev’s arrest has all the hallmarks of the harassment and intimidation the Azerbaijani authorities all too often resort too in respect of government critics,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director at Amnesty International.
“As a registered student and a parliamentary candidate he is doubly excused military service and he quite clearly should not have been detained on these grounds.”
There are fears that Bakhtiyar Hajiyev could be forcibly drafted into the army. The Azerbaijani authorities have used forcible drafting against government critics on previous occasions, including against editor Eynulla Fatullayev, who Amnesty International considers to be a prisoner of conscience.
The arrests come after the conditional release earlier this week of youth activists, bloggers, and prisoners of conscience Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, who had served 16 months of their respective 30 month and 24 month prison sentences for “hooliganism”.
Amnesty International said it continues to call for their conviction to be overturned as Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were convicted on fabricated charges after an unfair trial.
Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli’s lawyers have submitted their case to the European Court of Human Rights in the hope that it will quash their convictions.
The pair were arrested on 8 July 2009 after they were attacked by two unknown men and were themselves accused of “hooliganism”.