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21 Co-Sponsors in US Congress – Urgent Call for Justice: Release Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu


In a show of solidarity, the United States Congress is taking a stand against the unjust treatment of Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu by the Government of Azerbaijan. With an impressive 21 co-sponsors, a resolution has been submitted to demand his immediate and unconditional release. This blog post sheds light on the distressing situation, condemning the wrongful detention and suppression of academic freedom, while urging the international community to join the fight for justice.

Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu, a highly respected academic and economist, along with his wife, were unlawfully arrested by Azerbaijani authorities on July 23, 2023. Shockingly, they were subjected to severe beatings while in police custody. The accusations against Dr. Ibadoghlu lack any evidence, raising serious concerns about the fairness of the charges.

Despite the lack of grounds for his detention, Dr. Ibadoghlu remains imprisoned at the Baku Detention Center, enduring deplorable conditions as he awaits trial. His health has deteriorated significantly, with inadequate medical treatment exacerbating his condition. Moreover, the denial of access to legal counsel and a fair trial further violates his basic rights.

The international community, including the Department of State, the United States Embassy in Baku, and various academic institutions, has expressed deep concerns regarding Dr. Ibadoghlu’s health and demanded his immediate release. It is clear that his ongoing detention is not only a violation of human rights but also an attack on academic freedom.

The resolution, submitted by Mr. Rouzer and co-sponsored by 21 representatives, firmly condemns the treatment of Dr. Ibadoghlu by the Government of Azerbaijan. It highlights the wrongful detention and suppression of academic freedom, calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Additionally, the resolution urges the Secretary of State to prioritize Dr. Ibadoghlu’s well-being and release in all engagements with the Government of Azerbaijan.

The wrongful detention of Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu is a grave injustice that demands urgent attention. As concerned individuals, let us unite in raising awareness about this case and advocating for his release. Together, we can make a difference and uphold the principles of human rights and academic freedom.


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