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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights (IHABHRI) Institute has called on Azerbaijan’s Nizami District Court to act in accordance with Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and respect the right of fair trial to defense lawyer Khalid Bagirov.  Mr. Bajirov is a criminal defense lawyer who has represented a number of high profile political opposition members and is currently on trial following disciplinary proceedings. The IBAHRI is concerned that the Azerbaijan authorities are using Mr. Bajirov’s disciplinary proceedings in an effort to suppress dissent and silence civil society.

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