South Ossetian prisoners who were on hunger strike in Tskhinvali last Friday were severely beaten, local media report. [Read more…]
Torture, impunity, and corruption, are ‘endemic’ in Azerbaijani law enforcement agencies and armed forces, according to a report published on Thursday by the Council of Europe (CoE). The report said the institutions were plagued by a ‘generalised culture of violence’ among their staff. [Read more…]
An Azerbaijani court rejected an appeal by abducted journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on Wednesday, upholding his 6-year prison sentence. The day before the hearing, one of his lawyers had his license suspended for ‘politicising the case’. [Read more…]
Imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Sadigov, jailed on charges of aggravated assault, faces additional time in prison on yet unknown charges.
Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office has charged five former employees of Tbilisi and Rustavi prisons with ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’. [Read more…]
Malika Bakayeva, mother of the disappeared singer Zelimkhan Bakayev, has recorded an audio message to the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, pleading with him to help in the search of her son. [Read more…]
A group of prisoners in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk penal colony are complaining of systematic torture and bullying in the prison. A video message with statements from the prisoners was sent to the Public Monitoring Commission, a prison rights watchdog, on 8 August. Among the prisoners was Aslan Cherkesov a native of Kabardino-Balkaria. [Read more…]
A court in Baku has sentenced the financial director of an Azerbaijani newspaper to three years and three months in prison, on what he calls bogus charges.
The lawyer of Giyas Ibrahimov, an activist detained on drug-charges he claims are trumped-up, has appealed to Azerbaijan’s General Prosecutor's Office to investigate alleged torture of his client. [Read more…]