Sarvan Sarkhanov, a member of the opposition youth group Yeni Fikir, whose leader Ruslan Bashirli has been charged with plotting to overthrow the Azerbaijani leadership, was summoned on 11 August to the Prosecutor-General's Office, Turan reported. Investigators demanded that Sarkhanov provide testimony incriminating Azerbaijan Fopular Front Party Chairman Ali Kerimli, whom the authorities depict as Bashirli's mentor. Sarkhanov was beaten and threatened with arrest when he refused to comply with that demand but subsequently released.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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Third Way, the Belarusian organisation whose members are being prosecuted for producing satirical cartoons about Lukashenka,
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We are continuing to focus our efforts on the Belarusian prisoner of conscience Mikhail Marinich.
We are campaigning for him to receive proper medical treatment, to be permitted to see his family,
and ultimately to be released from prison pending a review of his case. You can help by distributing
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