Azerbaijan: Demonstrations for imprisoned video blogging youth activists

hands_off_demoSupport Adnan and Emin posts details of two demonstrations scheduled to take place outside the Embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Paris, France, and London, England, in support of imprisoned video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. The two men were detained last summer and sentenced to 2 and 2.5 years in prison in what most observers consider to be a politically motivated trial.

The Presidency of the European Union, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have condemned the verdict. Amnesty International has declared both men to be prisoners of conscience. Both demonstrations will take place on 22 January and are a continuation of those held last year.

In Paris, the protest action will start at 3pm.

A 15 heures, le 22 janvier 2010, Paris participera à une série de manifestations organisées à travers le monde pour la libération des “donkey blogueurs” Adnan Hadjizadeh et Emin Milli.

Les deux jeunes vidéoblogueurs ont été condamnés, le 11 novembre 2010, par le Tribunal du district de Sabayil à Bakou, à deux ans et demi (Emin) et deux ans (Adnan) d'emprisonnement ferme pour prétendu hooliganisme.

Les blogueurs ont fait appel de ce jugement.

L'audience en appel aura également lieu vendredi prochain, 22 janvier 2010.

Tandis que les supporters d'Adnan et Emin assisteront au procès à Bakou, nous nous réunirons à Paris devant l'ambassade d'Azerbaidjan, 78 avenue d'Iena à Paris (16ème)

Rejoignez- nous en face de l'ambassade pour protester contre l’ emprisonnement arbitraire des blogueurs et appelons à leur libération immédiate.

Invitez tous vos amis.

Allons faire du bruit pour Adnan, Emin et tous ceux qui ont été punis pour avoir filmé et raconté l'injustice en Azerbaïdjan.

Meanwhile, the London demonstration will take place at 1pm.

On January 22nd, London will be part of a series of protests across the world calling for the freedom of the “Donkey Bloggers”

Join us outside the Azerbaijan Embassy to protest against the unlawful imprisonment of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, and call for their immediate release.

So don your best donkey suit and invite all your friends, and let's make some noise for Adnan, Emin, and countless other unjustly imprisoned activists in Azerbaijan.

Background to the case can be found in Global Voices Online's Caucasus 2009 Blog Review and on Threatened Voices.

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