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240 Organizations Worldwide Express Concern Over Unjust Arrest of Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu


In an era defined by a collective struggle for transparency, accountability, and the defense of human rights, the story of Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu stands as a sobering reminder of the cost of advocacy. Dr. Ibadoghlu, a steadfast anti-corruption expert, and a beacon for human rights in Azerbaijan, has been subjected to undue imprisonment under conditions that mark a blatant disregard for international norms and human dignity.

Dr. Ibadoghlu, celebrated for his unwavering commitment to exposing corruption within Azerbaijan’s oil and gas sectors and his advocacy for the transparent management of public revenues, has been a pivotal figure in international efforts to combat corruption. His endeavors, notably his role as a Board Member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), have earned him respect and recognition worldwide.

The Unjustified Detention

On 23 July 2023, Dr. Ibadoghlu’s pursuit of justice was met with brutal retaliation. Detained by police under groundless accusations of money counterfeiting and connections to terrorism, his imprisonment sends a chilling message to all who champion transparency and human rights. Despite a glaring lack of evidence, his detention has not only been unjustly extended twice but has also transitioned to house arrest, all while denying him necessary medical care for his pre-existing health conditions.

The International Call to Action

The UNCAC Coalition, alongside 240 organizations and individuals from 88 countries, is rallying for Dr. Ibadoghlu’s immediate release. This call to action extends beyond a single individual’s freedom—it’s a stand against the repression of civil society, a voice for the countless others facing persecution for their anti-corruption work.

Dr. Ibadoghlu’s establishment of an education foundation in the United Kingdom symbolizes his enduring commitment to the people of Azerbaijan. By aiming to redirect confiscated assets back to the community through scholarships, he exemplifies the true essence of leadership—one that serves, empowers, and uplifts.

The Harsh Reality

Imprisoned, awaiting a trial that seems perpetually out of reach, Dr. Ibadoghlu’s situation is dire. With restricted contact with his lawyers and family, and his health rapidly deteriorating, the urgency of his release cannot be overstated. It’s not just about freeing Dr. Ibadoghlu; it’s about upholding the very principles of justice and human dignity.

A Collective Stand for Human Rights

As Azerbaijan prepares to host the UN Climate Change Conference in Baku later this year, the spotlight on its administration of justice and adherence to its international human rights commitments has never been more intense. This moment calls for reflection and action—not just within Azerbaijan but globally. It’s a test of our collective will to defend the pillars of democracy, transparency, and freedom.

The Way Forward

The UNCAC Coalition’s appeal for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Ibadoghlu resonates with the spirit of justice that guides the hearts of all those who value human rights. Beyond his release, this is a call for the protection of all anti-corruption advocates, whistleblowers, journalists, and civil society members who face threats and persecution for their courageous work.

This case reflects the perennial struggle between the forces of transparency and the shadows of corruption. But it also stands as a testament to the power of unity and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Take Action

We invite you to support the campaign for Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu’s release. Raise your voice, spread the word, and join the international community in calling for justice. This is not just Dr. Ibadoghlu’s fight—it’s our collective battle for a world where truth prevails, where rights are respected, and where justice is accessible to all.

Your advocacy can illuminate the darkest corners of injustice and hasten the day when Dr. Ibadoghlu, and others like him, are free to continue their vital work. Together, we can make a difference.


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