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June 18, 2014

A human rights defender from Azerbaijan is the latest to be equipped with the security bracelet developed by PFO Tech ( for the Natalia Project initiative to protect activists at risk. The Natalia Project (, launched last year, is a tracking bracelet with alarm and GPS technology developed by PFO Tech ( for the international Civil Rights Defenders organisation. In an emergency, a wearer can trigger the alarm, which sends a live position to the organisation's headquarters, local colleagues and alarm receiving centres.

According to the Civil Rights Defenders, political freedoms in Azerbaijan have been increasingly restricted, especially in the last few years with the government increasing its efforts to silence human rights defenders, stifling freedom of expression and assembly, and cracking down on political opposition. Azerbaijan is therefore the latest country to be included in the project with online activist Rasul Jafarov having been armed with a bracelet and security solution.

"On May 14 Azerbaijan commenced its Chairmanship in the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers even though there are more than 100 political prisoners behind bars, systematic violations of freedom of expression, assembly and association continue unabated, and pressures on civil society mount on a daily basis. As a civil society organisation we realise the importance of our work with respect to the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy, while at the same time realising the challenges and risks faced by us because of our activities. In spite of this we are determined to continue our work and try to bring about positive changes", says Rasul Jafarov.

Johan Carlsson of PFO Tech is pleased to see their GPS bracelet ( and security solution being applied to more individuals fighting for our rights. "With every person equipped, a new butterfly effect is set in motion. One person's compromised safety is immediately broadcast to the world, so that everyone can get involved, put pressure on oppressive regimes, and realise our mission of a safer and better world," says Carlsson. Johan Carlsson, CEO 46 8 300 500 PFO Tech's mission is to make the world a safer place through innovative technology solutions. We believe that safety is a basic human right and that personal security gives people the freedom and confidence to go about their business. Our personal security solution protects individuals by combining wearable GPS technology with alert function, smart-phone applications and back-end monitoring. (

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