Shahin Novruzlu and fellow youth activists from the pro-democracy movement NIDA campaigned for democracy and against human rights abuses and widespread corruption in Azerbaijan. In March 2013 they created a Facebook event calling for a peaceful protest against injustice in the country.
Shortly afterwards, Shahin and seven other NIDA activists were arrested. Some of them were tortured. As a result, Shahin, who was 17 years old at the time, lost four of his front teeth. His friend Mammad lost hearing in one ear.
Shahin and the rest of the activists are currently in detention on false charges of illegal firearms possession and plotting mass disorder. They were all sentenced for between 6 and 8 years on the same day that Azerbaijan was declared as the next Chairman of the principal human rights institution in Europe, the Council of Europe.