“The arbitrary detention of Yunus and Yunusov and their grossly unfair trial sparked an international outcry from human rights organizations around the world. Evidently, Azerbaijan’s authoritarian government is not indifferent to international criticism,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “The conditional release of the couple is proof that civil society groups can challenge dictatorships. Yunus and her husband are victims of the political manipulation of the judiciary by the dictator and its cronies. The charges against these human rights defenders should be dropped immediately and the travel bans should be lifted,” Halvorssen added.
Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.