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Furthermore, these arrests are entirely counterproductive - they make it less likely that people will access health services, flying in the face of evidence and good practice, the experts noted.
The experts also highlighted concerns that those arrested were forced to undergo medical examinations and treatment, and information about their health status was divulged to the media.“Azerbaijan should immediately cease subjecting people to forced or coerced medical tests and exams and disclosing their health records publicly, which violates the absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment and the rights to health and privacy of individuals,” said the experts.
José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
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The man, identified only as Hasan, said on the group's Facebook page that police beat him, claimed he was a sex worker and demanded information about his alleged clients.
Complaints about their treatment were raised in court hearings, but reportedly failed to prompt any reaction from judges and were not sent to the prosecutor’s office despite requests from the victims’ lawyers, the experts understand.“We call on the authorities to investigate promptly and thoroughly all allegations of torture and ill-treatment and ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and, if convicted, punished with adequate sanctions,” the experts said.
“We remind Azerbaijan that statements made as a result of torture should never be invoked as evidence in any proceedings, except against the person accused of torture.”All those arrested have since been freed, although some served terms of administrative detention after being charged with offences such as hooliganism and resisting a police order.
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