One Convict of Azerbaijan’s Gobustan Prison Suspends Hunger-strike
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / One convict of the Azerbaijan's Gobustan Prison suspended his hunger-strike, the PR head of the Penitentiary Service's Central Department, Mehman Sadikhov, said to Trend. According to him, Rauf Eyvazov, has no health problems. Chingiz Pashayev, Shakir Rzakhanov, Yalchin Rzayev, and Aydin Rzayev are still on hunger-strike. They will good and are under medical control, he said.
According to the relatives of the convicts, 10 people went on hunger-strike on 12 September. The strikers demand meeting with the representatives of the European Parliament visiting Azerbaijan.
Eighty-four convicts, whose death sentence was changed to life imprisonment, are imprisoned in the Gobustan Closed Prison. After the death sentence was abolished, the number increased to 128.
The inmates believe that their sentence should be replaced by the hardest punishment in the country that is 15 years' imprisonment.
The decision of the European Court on Human Rights says that replacement of the death sentence to life imprisonment corresponds with the European Convention. The European Court indicated that life imprisonment is easier than death sentence and cannot be considered a serious punishment.