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Human Rights in Azerbaijan
Hilal Mamedov is a human rights defender and a consultant with the Institute for Democracy and Peace and editor in chief of Tolishi Sado (Talysh Voice), the only newspaper in the Talysh minority language. He was also the head of the Committee for the Defence of Novruzali Mamedov, a prominent Talysh scientist and human rights activist charged in June 2008 with espionage in favour of Iran and subsequently sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. Novruzali Mamedov died as a result of torture in prison in 2010.
Front Line Defenders has issued urgent appeals and news items about Hilal Mamedov:
5 February 2014 - Hilal Mamedov's appeal rejected
2 October 2013 - Human rights defender Mr Hilal Mamedov sentenced to 5 years
4 February 2012 - Closed trial of human rights defender Mr Hilal Mamedov