Latest news

Azerbaijan L4L calls on you to help ill lawyer

30 May 11 

Lawyer Isakhan Ashurov from Azerbaijan is not afraid to stick out his neck: he mainly takes on cases other lawyers not dare to take on because of their political sensitivity, such as cases against journalists who criticize the government. He is described as the most important lawyer and advocate of democracy in the country. He does not win many cases, but that is, according to himself, because the verdicts in court cases in most cases have been decided on forehand. He also litigates before the European Court of Human Rights, where he won three cases for Azerbaijani prodemocracy activists in the last three years.

We were informed that Isakhan Ashurov is seriously ill. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer and has received medical treatment in Germany. The doctors have prescribed an after-surgery rehabilitation through chemotherapy in the Georgetown University’s Clinic in Washington D.C., United States. This treatment is very expensive, and Ashurov has no medical insurance. If Ashurov is not able to continue his invaluable work this would be a great loss for the democracy in Azerbaijan.

Since Isakhan Ashurov is not able to pay the treatment on his own, we call upon you to support him financially. Every contribution is very welcome. You can donate your contribution to the bank account of L4L (please specify by mentioning ‘Isakhan Ashurov’) and we will make sure that the money is delivered to Isakhan Ashurov.

Bank details:
attn. of: 'Stichting Advocaten voor Advocaten' in Amsterdam

News Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Lawyer Intigam Aliyev released

29 Mar 16 On 28 March 2016, the Supreme Court of Baku has decided to release Azerbaijan’s leading human rights lawyer, Intigam Aliyev. The court converted his seven-and-a-half year prison sentence to a five-year suspended term. Intigam Aliyev was convicted in April 2015 on charges of “tax evasion”, “abuse of authority”, “illegal entrepreneurship”, and “misappropriation”. Aliyev has always […]

Azerbaijan Appeal Intigam Aliyev rejected

14 Mar 16 On 24 February 2016, the Azerbaijan Supreme Court rejected the appeal of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev himself did not attend the hearing. This was reported by the Human Rights House Network on their website. Intigam Aliyev is currently serving seven and a half years in the Kurdakhany detention facility, located outside Baku. He […]

Azerbaijan Trial against Intigam Aliyev

10 Feb 16 On 26 January 2016, Intigam Aliyev’s case was heard before the Supreme Court in Baku. Aliyev could not attend his appeal hearing due to health problems, but his lawyer, Javad Javadov, attended the hearing and requested his client’s acquittal. The hearing was postponed until 24 February because of the need to evaluate additional documents. Intigam […]

Azerbaijan Intigam Aliyev receives IBA Human Rights Award 2015

09 Oct 15 Lawyer Intigam Aliyev was today named the winner of the 2015 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award. Intigam Aliyev was sentenced in April 2015, on charges of “tax evasion”, “abuse of authority”, “illegal entrepreneurship”, and “appropriation”. Aliyev denies all the charges and says they are politically motivated. His arrest and conviction appear to be […]

Azerbaijan Disbarment of lawyer for ‘breaching professional ethics’

13 Aug 15 On 10 July 2015, the Nizami District Court decided to order the disbarment of lawyer Khalid Bagirov for alleged inappropriate conduct in court. L4L has reason to belief that his disbarment is connected to his legitimate activities as attorney. Bagirov’s license to practise law was already suspended on 10 December 2014. The Presidium of the Bar […]