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DECEMBER 14, 2015

Azerbaijan Ignores UN Request to Transfer Irina Zakharchenko

Azerbaijan has ignored the urgent request of the UN Human Rights Committee to transfer Irina Zakharchenko from jail to a medical facility or to house arrest. On December 10, 2015, one week after the government received the request, the trial judge refused to transfer her. As a result of ten months of detention, she is suffering from the effects of malnourishment, extreme sleep deprivation, and severe psychological pressure.

The judge also denied a motion to transfer Valida Jabrayilova, the other Witness on trial, to house arrest.

The next hearing is set for December 17, 2015, in the Baku Pirallahi District Court.