Dinara Yunus’ appeal to international community on her mother’s health condition


“Dear human rights defenders, mum’s colleagues and friends,

I have new, horrifying details on my mother’s dramatically worsening health.  

Her blood sugar levels are 240-248 and her blood pressure is 180-100/220 – 130. Recent blood tests are indicating the start of liver decay.

My mum has lost significant amount of weight. Before the arrest, she weighted 61kg, but now, she is only 48kg. My mum, prominent human rights advocate can hardly move. 

As a result of hyperglycemia, hepatitis and overall weak body, she can hardly eat, most of it comes back right out.

It is absolutely clear to me that this is the manner in which, Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime decided to physically destroy my mother. If this is the current state of my mom, this means the authorities do not even think someone could photograph her in her present state, with missing teeth and fallen hair.

This photograph would have shown what my mum went through while in prison. 

It is with much difficulty that I write these words. I clearly understand what the criminal regime of Azerbaijan is planning to do: completely destroy my mum and most likely it is going to happen during Christmas and New Year Holidays, when everyone will be on vacation, together with their families. 

It would be very convenient for the authorities to bury my mum during this time – by Muslim tradition, my mum’s hopeless, dead body wrapped into a piece of white cloth and covered with earth.

Then no one will see what this criminal regime had done to her. 

It is very horrifying and painful for me to write this. But I think, writing this now, while she is still barely alive, is better. Maybe it is still possible to save her from the plans of the horrid regime.

Azerbaijan is the member of UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, but none of these organizations have clearly protested against horrifying tortures and destruction of human rights defenders in authoritarian Azerbaijan. Of the very same human rights defenders, who, all their lives, demanded compliance of the human rights and law in this dictatorship.

Please help me save my mum’s life!  


Dinara Yunus”


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