Azerbaijani activist nominated by PASOS a finalist for human rights prize
News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
A prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender nominated for the annual Václav Havel Human Rights Prize by PASOS is one of three finalists for the award.
Anar Mammadli, who is currently imprisoned in Azerbaijan because of his efforts to defend the right to free elections in Azerbaijan, was named a finalist by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation.
Mammadli is the founder and chairperson of an influential and experienced organization in Azerbaijan dedicated to observing elections. Since 2001, his Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre has been carrying out independent election monitoring in Azerbaijan. Mammadli contributed to programs and events on monitoring of elections, participation and education of voters, as well as the design of materials and reports during 13 elections in Azerbaijan.
He was arrested in December 2013 accused of “abuse of power” and other matters, and sentenced to 5 and a half years in prison in May 2014.
The prizewinner will be announced by the PACE President in the Assembly Chamber on 29 September 2014. The other finalists are the B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Israel) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta).