Photo of Intigam Aliyev, taken before his arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan, August 2014.
Intigam Aliyev, before his arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan, August 2014. © 2014 Aziz Karimov

[Aliyev, an award winning human rights lawyer is also chair of the Legal Education Society, which litigated human rights cases in Azerbaijan. He was one of the first Azerbaijani lawyers to bring cases to the European Court of Human Rights and has mentored a new generation of human rights lawyers in the country. In April 2015, Baku’s Grave Crimes Court convicted Aliyev on politically motivated charges of tax evasion, illegal business activities, embezzlement, and abuse of authority.]

Earlier this month, President Ilam Aliyev (what is in a name!) pardoned a number of journalists and human rights defenders. However, other activists are still unjustly behind bars (such as Ilgar Mammadov, and Khadijah Ismayilova). See: https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/azerbaijan-pardon-jafarov-ismayilova-aliyev/. Is the enormous amount of pressure by human rights groups finally paying off?