Release Falsely Accused Political Activist from Prison

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Target: Ramiz Yaqub Rzayev, President of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan Republic

Goal: Release noted political activist who faces 10 years in prison after being falsely charged with drug offenses.

Giyas Ibrahimov faces 10 years in prison after falsely being charged with drug offenses. Ibrahimov was initially arrested for spray-painting a statue of Heydar Aliyev, former President of Azerbaijan and father of the current president Ailham Aliyev. Ibrahimov’s anti-regime graffiti landed him in prison. However, he was not charged with anti-regime rhetoric. Instead, he was charged with serious drug offenses, under which he faces a decade in prison.

However, human rights groups allege that these are false drug charges. They argue that Ibrahimov was tortured and intimidated into confessing drug crimes. After the young man refused to apologize for his actions on national television, he was allegedly beaten, stripped, and threatened with rape. He confessed to drug charges under pressure.

This is not the first time Azerbaijan authorities tortured young political activists, according to human rights campaigns. There is no place for torture in a civilized world. Sign the petition to demand that Ibrahimov be cleared of these false charges and freed immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Rzayev,

Giyas Ibrahimov, a political activist, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “drug charges.” However, human rights groups allege that Ibrahimov was tortured into confessing such crimes. His true crime, in the eye of the regime, is political dissent after he had spray-painted a statue of the nation’s former president.

Torture is a barbaric practice, as is intimidating political activists into silence. I ask that, as president of the nation’s supreme court, you use your power to release this young man.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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