Dr. Gubad Ibadoglu, a distinguished economist and international academic was arrested in Azerbaijan on July 23, 2023, and his health status is rapidly declining. As senior members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Bill Keating and Rep. Gerry Connolly are closely following his case. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the situation and explain why we call on Azerbaijan to respect the rights of all their citizens, including Dr. Ibadoglu.
Dr. Ibadoglu is known for his tireless efforts to promote democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity in Azerbaijan. His arrest has therefore caused outrage among global human rights activists, journalists, and economists. He has been charged with espionage and embezzlement, allegations which his team denies, and the opposition party believes to be politically motivated.
Dr. Ibadoglu’s lawyers claim he has been denied access to necessary medications. His health has rapidly deteriorated since his arrest, and he has reportedly lost a significant amount of weight. We call on Azerbaijan to ensure that Dr. Ibadoglu is given access to the medications he needs and is provided with adequate medical care.
Furthermore, it is essential that the Azerbaijani government provide a fair and impartial trial to Dr. Ibadoglu. His case is of international concern, and we urge the government to ensure that due process is followed. The government of Azerbaijan must respect the rights of all their citizens, as inscribed in the constitution, including those of Dr. Ibadoglu.
There have been several other cases where human rights activists and political opposition have been targeted in Azerbaijan. It is crucial that the government puts a stop to these actions and upholds the rule of law. We call on the government to prioritize human rights and refrain from any action that violates individual liberties.
As senior members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Bill Keating and Rep. Gerry Connolly are closely following the case of Dr. Gubad Ibadoglu. We urge the Azerbaijani government to respect his rights, ensuring access to necessary medications, and providing a fair trial. The world is watching, and we hope that the Azerbaijani government will take necessary steps to uphold the rights of all their citizens and restore international trust.