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Azerbaijan: Demonstrations in London and Paris for imprisoned video blogging youth activists

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Western Europe, Azerbaijan, France, United Kingdom, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, International Relations, Youth

hands_off_demoOn the same day that an appeal court hearing for imprisoned blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade [1] and Emin Milli [2] was adjourned, but this time at the request of the defense, supporters of the two men protested outside the Embassies of Azerbaijan in London and Paris [3]. The demonstration in France was jointly arranged with Reporters Without Borders [4] while social media guru Dan McQuillan [5] was at the London demo.

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Paris demonstration © Ehsan Meliki, used with the permission of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli Support Committee

The Presidency of the European Union [7], Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [8] (PACE), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [9] (OSCE), Human Rights Watch [10] and Reporters Without Borders [11] have condemned the verdict. Amnesty International has declared both men to be prisoners of conscience [12].

Background to the case can be found in Global Voices Online's Caucasus 2009 Blog Review [13] and on Threatened Voices [14].