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Prominent Economist Arrested: Urgent Call for Release


Renowned economist Professor Gubad Ibadoghlu, an advocate for democracy and accountability, was brutally assaulted and unjustly detained on July 23, 2023. These trumped-up charges and the Azerbaijani government’s actions are a grave violation of human rights. The international community must take swift and decisive action to hold Azerbaijan accountable for this egregious injustice.

During their car journey in Baku, Professor Ibadoghlu and his wife, Irada Bayramli, were surrounded by alleged government officials who forcibly removed them from their vehicle and subjected them to a brutal beating. Professor Ibadoghlu was initially taken to the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime (MDCOC) in Baku, a notorious department known for its mistreatment and torture of political prisoners. While the extent of Professor Ibadoghlu’s injuries remains unclear, his wife, Bayramli, endured bruises.

Currently held at the Kurdekhani pretrial detention center outside of Baku, Professor Ibadoghlu’s health is in immediate danger due to the denial of his critical medication. Despite attempts by his family members to deliver necessities to him on July 25th, the detention center claimed he was not there, contradicting confirmation from his lawyer that he had been transported to the center on July 24th. In an initial court decision, Professor Ibadoghlu was sentenced to 3 months and 26 days of “preventive detention” while the investigation continues.

The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated. Professor Ibadoghlu’s life is at risk due to his underlying health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The Azerbaijani government’s deliberate denial of his medication only exacerbates this danger. We are engaged in a race against time, and our plea for justice is urgent.

We stand united to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Professor Gubad Ibadoghlu. The international community must hold the Azerbaijani government accountable for its actions and ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of all civil society representatives in the country.

Let our voices be heard, and let justice prevail.

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  1. Kate Watters, Crude Accountability, USA
  2. The Baroness Cox, Independent member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament
  3. Sebastien Peyrouse, George Washington University, USA
  4. Tom Mayne, University of Oxford, UK
  5. Leanne Grossman, Naturalist, USA
  6. Sam Jones and Richard Stazinski, Heartland Initiative, USA
  7. Pavel Sapelko, Human Rights Center Viasna, Belarus
  8. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak FBA, Professor, Columbia University, USA
  9. Eva Pils, King’s College London, UK
  10. Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics, UK
  11. Edward Lemon, Texas A&M University, USA
  12. Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers University, USA
  13. Dr Andreas Fulda, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK
  14. Peter Trubowitz, London School of Economics, UK
  15. John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics, UK
  1. Tolekan Ismailova, Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan,” Kyrgyzstan
  2. Rohan Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics, UK
  3. Katharine Millar, London School of Economics, UK
  4. Professor John Heathershaw, University of Exeter, UK
  5. Tatiana Glushkova, Human Rights Defence Centre “Memorial”
  6. Tomila Lankina, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics, UK
  7. Iskra Kirova, Advocacy Director Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights Watch
  8. Emin Huseynov, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety and Human Rights Club
  9. Nancy A. Hewitt, Prof Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, USA
  10. Ucha Nanuashvili, Human Rights Center, Georgia
  11. Tadzhigul Begmedova, Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Bulgaria
  12. Vasiĺ Sankovič, The Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House, Belarus/Lithuania
  13. Karl Horberg, Freedom Now, USA
  14. Ivar Dale, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Norway
  15. Maryna Zastavna, International Partnership for Human Rights, Belgium
  16. Anki Wetterhall, Swedish OSCE-network, Sweden
  17. Lenur Kerymov, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland
  18. Krassimir Kanev, Chairperson, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Bulgaria
  19. Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Kazakhstan
  20. Julia Johnson, UK
  21. Manana Kochladze, Central and East European Bankwatch Network
  22. Dr Tena Prelec, University of Rijeka, Croatia
  23. Steve Swerdlow, Associate Professor of the Practice of Human Rights, University of Southern California, USA
  24. Raul Uporov, Kazakhstan
  25. Neil Tangri, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, USA
  26. Lukpan Akhmedyarov, Public Union “Abyroi,” Kazakhstan
  27. Sergey Solyanik, environmental activist, Kazakhstan
  28. Anara Ibrayeva, Public Association “Dignity,” Kazakhstan
  29. Eldar Zeynalov, Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan
  30. Jennifer Castner, The Altai Project, USA
  31. Belinda Davis, Rutgers University, USA
  32. Prof. Samuel Greene FacSS, Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London, UK
  33. Judith Gerson, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, USA
  34. Sophia Appelbaum, Japan
  35. Todd Wolfson, Professor of Media Studies and President of AAUP-AFT, Rutgers University, USA
  36. Charles Becker, Economics, Duke University, USA
  37. James Ashley Morrison, Associate Professor, International Relations Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  38. James Nixey, Chatham House, UK
  39. Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict, Russia
  40. Dr Zbigniew Wojnowski, University of Oxford, UK
  41. Casey Kearney, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  42. Thomas Da Costa Vieira, London School of Economics, UK
  43.  John Chalcraft, Professor of Middle East History and Politics, Government Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  44. Dr Theresa Squatrito, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  45. Dr Martin Bayly, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  46. Christopher R Hughes, Professor Emeritus, International Relations, London School of Economics, UK
  47. Professor Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  48. Dr Jody LaPorte, University of Oxford, UK
  49. Nikhil Kalyanpur, London School of Economics, UK
  50. Nicholas Rennie, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director, Department of Germanic, Russian & East European Languages & Literatures, Rutgers University, USA
  51. Kaisha Atakhanova and Vadim Ni, NGO Social EcoFund, Kazakhstan
  52. Boram Lee, London School of Economics, Republic of Korea
  53. Maia Holtermann Entwistle, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations, LSE, UK
  54. Giorgi Marjanishvili, Center for Participation and Developments, Tbilisi, Georgia
  55. Catherine Gegout, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK
  56. Patrick Conway, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  57. Bruce Caldwell, Duke University, USA
  58. Prof. Curtis R. Taylor, Duke University, USA
  59. Uranija Pirovska, Macedonian Helsinki Committee, Macedonia
  60. Anna Blank, People in Need, Czechia
  61. Erida Skendaj, Albanian Helsinki Committee, Albania
  62. Audrey Altstadt, Professor of History, UMass Amherst, USA
  63. Catherine Cosman, USA


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