Milli - Emin

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Emin Milli is a dissident writer living in Azerbaijan. He worked as a coordinator of the International Republican Institute in Azerbaijan (1999-2000) and as a director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (2002-2004). As a consultant and legal expert, he advised the Council of Europe about more than 40 cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan (2002-2004), many  of  whom  have  been  released  following  pressure  from  the  Council  of Europe. In 2009, he was sentenced to prison for two and a half years on charges of hooliganism. Amnesty International considered  that he was a prisoner  of conscience,  detained  solely for the peaceful  exercise  of his right  to freedom  of expression, and association, and campaigned for his release. He was conditionally released in November 2010, after serving 16 months of his sentence. Milli has finished his studies in political science at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) at the University of London in 2012.