On January 7th, Mehman Aliyev and Ogtay Gulaliyev, members of the Kur
Citizens Headquarters were detained by police at the Sabiranad region.
They were attempting to hold seminar with victims of the devastating
2010 floods which affected thousands of homes in the Kur and Araz
However, the police cancelled did not allow the event to proceed
either in Sabiranad or in Saatli.
Aliyev, who is also the Turan Information Agency director, said that
the police unexpectedly interfered with their meeting with residents
of Novruzlu village.
Ogtay Gulaliyev, the coordinator of Kur Citizen Society reported to
Objective TV that the police behaved rudely and wanted to take them to
the police station by force.
Ogtay Gulaliyev: On January 7th, Kur Civil Society planned to hold a
meeting with victims of the Kur flood in the Sabirabad region.
Regretfully, the Sabirabad District Executive Power and police
department prevented the meeting from taking place despite having been
notified beforehand. Police employees used pressure against people who
came to the event and against members of Kur headquarters staff.
Mehman Aliyev, a member of Kur Society, and I were taken to the police
department. We were told that we should have received permission from
Sabirabad District Executive Power to hold the event beforehand.
However, we told them that there is law on peaceful assembly as well
as law on Public Unions. According to the law, NGOs do not need to
receive official permission from any Executive Power or governmental
bodies to carry out their operations. I want to say that the video
camera owned by our headquarters was taken from us and its memory
deleted before it was returned to us. All of this shows that work is
being done to conceal the effects of the Kur flood, even though the
problems have remained unsolved. Several state run agencies are
creating an untransparent environment in the region instead of
resolving the problem. They don't want to allow NGOs and media
representatives to visit the region. They are trying to use police
force to create a police regime in the regions.
Despite this, we will continue our activities. We appealed to the
Ministry of Internal Affairs to take measures against the police
employees who acted unethically and used violence against citizens,
NGOs and media representatives.