The harsh ten-year sentences handed down by a court in Azerbaijan to young political activists Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammedov, along with allegations of ill-treatment during their detention, are particularly worrying. The European Union has been following their cases closely and was present at both their trials, including the latter's hearing yesterday in Baku.

Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammadov, who were not previously convicted of any crimes, were arrested the day after an act of political graffiti, which both have admitted. They continue to deny the drug-related charges for which they have now been sentenced. 

The European Union expects the authorities in Azerbaijan to review these cases in a fair and transparent manner, in full respect of the country's international commitments. Allegations of ill-treatment or torture must be thoroughly, independently and effectively investigated. 

ON TWITTER

MeydanTV
MeydanTV NİDA-çı: Polis dedi ki, ananın alt paltarlarının arasında axtarış aparacağıq www.meydan.tv/az/site/politics/20629/
04:38PM Jan 20
Giorgi_Gogia
Giorgi_Gogia Sobering letter from #Azerbaijan prison on how business interests trample over rights & contribute to crackdown www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ilgar-mammadov/open-letter-from-inmate-of-southern-gas-corridor pic.twitter.com/qNEBzGEAsE
10:49AM Jan 20
rebecca_vincent
rebecca_vincent Courageous words from Esraa Abdel Fattah - one of many journos & activists under politically motivated travel ban in #Egypt . #LetEsraaFly
07:14PM Jan 19
nhc_no
nhc_no Warm congratulations to @golosinfo for receiving the well-deserved Democracy Defender Award from #osce ambassadors in Vienna yesterday! twitter.com/golosinfo/status/821714064300711937
01:47PM Jan 19