Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Azeri parents - residents of Nakhichevan - protest police brutality by threatening to leave the country and move to... Armenia


On December 27 a group of parents in Nakhchivan, claiming that their sons were beaten in the police department, have directed to the Armenian border to trespass it, reports Day.Az with reference to Azadlyg radio station.

As is noted, seven young people at the age of 18-23, charged with switching off lights on one of the New Year trees in Nakhchivan were detained in the evening on December 26. They were beaten and shaved in the police and they were prohibited to go out after 18:00.

As a sign of protest against this parents of these sons announced that they are going to leave the country.

One of the parents told Azadlyg radio station that their children were beaten in the police station due to switching off the lights on one of the New Year trees.

"Our sons were beaten till morning, they were shaved and held in the police station for a night. How can we live like that? Now we want to go to another country. We want to live in Armenia. We have raised our children with a great difficulty", said one of the parents.

The Nakhchivan police explained their actions by saying they wanted to intimidate the young men and said that this issue was settled after a talk with the parents.


Onnik Krikorian said...

The Nakhchivan police explained their actions by saying they wanted to intimidate the young men [...]

What a confession. Like they didn't even think what that actually means -- the police "wanting" to intimidate people.

artmika said...

Nakhichevan is like Guantánamo Bay of the South Caucasus. Here is some follow-up to this story:

Four journalists threatened and expelled from Nakhchivan for trying to investigate disappearance of mother and son

Reporters Withour Borders

Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that four journalists - Malahat Nasibova of the news agency Turan, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, Mahman Mehdiyev and Elman Abbasov of the Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS) - were prevented from working on 16 January in Nakhchivan, an autonomous region that is separated from the rest of Azerbaijan by a strip of Armenian territory.

They were threatened and then expelled from Nakhchivan after trying to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a mother and her son two weeks ago in the town of Sadarak, in the northwest of the region.

“The way these four journalists were mistreated and threatened is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They were prevented from doing their job for no valid reason. The Azerbaijani authorities are clearly determined not just to obstruct but also to crush press freedom. We appeal to the government to allow independent news media the freedom to choose the stories they cover.”

The four reporters went Sadarak to look into the disappearance of Khanymzer Huseynova and her son Elvyn. As they approached the Huseynov family home, they were insulted by men in civilian dress and were told they needed a “permit” to visit the province. One of the journalists, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, was threatened with physical violence. They were then put on a bus and expelled from the province.

The journalists think the men in civilian dress were officials as they all wore badges with the photo of former President Heydar Aliyev, the father of Ilham Aliyev, who succeeded him as president in 2003.

Elvyn Huseynov was one of seven young people who were arrested on 24 December for allegedly trying to disconnect the lights of a New Year’s tree in Sadarak. The parents initially filed a complaint against the arresting police officers, but they all later retracted, with the exception of Elvyn’s parents, who were themselves then arrested. Elvyn’s father was subsequently placed in a psychiatric hospital but Elvyn and his mother have been missing since 8 January.