Azerbaijan

Critics detained for COVID-19 related remarks

Civic activists, opposition leaders and journalist under attack amid COVID-19 pandemic, Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli released from detention, Azeri activist detained for a Facebook post one day after release from psychiatric clinic , Azeri activist detained for demonstrating police brutality on social media, March for women rights ends with police violence, Student protest ends with arrests, Protesters, journalists beaten during protest in Baku, Civil society publishes report highlighting challenges faced by NGOs and issues recommendations, Read more

Critics detained for COVID-19 related remarks

Disputed results from parliamentary elections spark protests as authorities respond with force

Opposition representatives and citizens protest results of the parliamentary elections held in February 2020; Protesters detained ahead of planned protest; Journalists and observers attacked while covering the parliamentary elections; European Court of Human Rights reaches a verdict on journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s complaint about her unlawful arrest in December 2014 Read more

Disputed results from parliamentary elections spark protests as authorities respond with force

CSOs condemn murder attempt against HRD

CSOs condemn murder attempt against Human rights activist Ogtar Gulaliyev; CSOs call on authorities to lift the travel ban imposed on investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova; Opposition candidates decry prohibitive television campaign costs; prominent anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov assaulted, detained Read more

CSOs condemn murder attempt against HRD

Authorities use force to disperse protests, harass journalists

law enforcement officers violently disperse protests in central Baku that had been organised by the National Council of Democratic Forces; authorities disperse women’s rights activists who had gathered in the city centre to protest domestic violence; 10 senior opposition party members arrested and detained ahead of protests, lawyer Nemat Karimli subjected to excessive controls and verbal intimidation as he went in to meet with his client; Several incidents of police officers using force or violence against journalists documented Read more

Authorities use force to disperse protests, harass journalists

Families protest conviction of youth involved in July 2018 protest

family members of protesters who were arrested and detained in July 2018 took to the streets to protest the arrests and detentions, Azerbaijani journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi for ‘filming election fraud’, Supreme Court upheld reportedly baseless charges of tax evasion against journalist Khadija Ismayilova, while journalist is released from prison Read more

Families protest conviction of youth involved in July 2018 protest

Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

In January 2019, several Azerbaijani activists declared a hunger strike calling for the release of jailed anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov and other people they consider political prisoners. Read more

Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

Crackdown on civil society continues, according to Azerbaijan Universal Periodic Review

A new report released on October 2018 and prepared by Democracy Monitor, Human Rights Club and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), stated that "the political context and human rights situation has not improved in the country." Read more

Crackdown on civil society continues, according to Azerbaijan Universal Periodic Review

OSCE representative concerned over blocking of news websites in Azerbaijan

During the first week of August, it was reported that a court in Baku issued a decision to block news websites: az24saat.org, xural.com, arqument.az and monitortv.info. Read more

OSCE representative concerned over blocking of news websites in Azerbaijan

Human rights lawyer Emin Aslan sentenced to 30 days in detention

Human rights lawyer was detained and charged with disobeying orders from the police and convicted to 30 days in administrative detention. Read more

Human rights lawyer Emin Aslan  sentenced to 30 days in detention