Case No. 74609/10
Judgment date: 16 February 2017
This group of cases originated as six different applications, joined by the Court due to their similarities. The six applicants were present at one of the peaceful demonstrations held on 31 July 2010, 2 April 2011 and 17 April 2011, demanding free and fair elections and democratic reform in Azerbaijan, but were arrested when the police dispersed the protesters. Prior notice of the demonstrations had been given by the organisers to the Baku City Executive Authority (BCEA). However the BCEA refused to authorise the demonstrations as the locations chosen by the organisers were areas with heavy traffic, and instead BCEA suggested locations on the outskirts of the city. The organisers nevertheless held the demonstrations in central Baku as initially planned.
The applicants were arrested for deliberately failing to comply with lawful police orders. During the court proceedings the applicants were not allowed access to a lawyer of their choice, and all received ‘administrative’ detention ranging from seven to fifteen days.