Bakhtiyar Hajiyev

Bakhtiyar Hajiyev

Location: Azerbaijan
34° 2' 56.1408" N, 111° 5' 37.4316" W
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 01 Mar 2011

Activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev has been arrested in Azerbaijan following his participation on Facebook in a plan to initiate protests against the government.

Hajiyev, 29, a Harvard graduate and a former parliament candidate, is one of the organizers of the March 11 Facebook campaign calling for a day of protest against the government.

According to a report from Radio Free Europe:

Hajiyev today posted on his Facebook page the following appeal to police on behalf of “a group of Azerbaijani youth:”

“We learned from the developments in the Arab world that when people demand freedom, they achieve it. We call on you to stand on the right side of history, not to resort to force against your own citizens, to build a fair, happy, and free society in Azerbaijan together with ordinary people.”

Hajiyev was detained earlier this year and charged with evading military service. He and other activists say the criminal case against him is politically motivated.

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