Azerbaijan

Imprisoned journalists resort to hunger strikes, protesters sentenced conditionally

Imprisoned journalist Polad Aslanov goes on another hunger strike, while another one Afghan Sadygov ends his after 240 days; Azerbaijani authorities feature in OCCRP report for using cyber-surveillance systems on journalists; July 2020 protesters sentenced; New public legal entity "Agency for State Support to NGOs” established Read more

Imprisoned journalists resort to hunger strikes, protesters sentenced conditionally

The pandemic further restricts the right to protest

In May, the Turan Agency announced the cancellation of several protests planned to be organized by civic activists. According to the same source, the special quarantine regime, introduced to reduce the impact of the pandemic, greatly affected the freedom of assembly, restricting protests as a form of disagreement with specific decisions taken by the governing regime. Previously, there were restrictions, rallies or public demonstrations being possible only in some capital regions, without being organized in Baku's center. Read more

The pandemic further restricts the right to protest

Protesters and blogger violently attacked in Azerbaijan

Mahammad Mirzali, a blogger of Azerbaijani origin and refugee in France, was the victim of an attack in March. According to the media, Mahammad Mirzali was attacked on March 14, 2021, by six unknown men in Nantes's city and was stabbed several times. To save his life, he needed surgery of more than 6 hours from the doctors. Read more

Protesters and blogger violently attacked in Azerbaijan

Continued protest against arrests of journalists

The editor-in-chief of the Azel TV website, Aghan Sadygov, who went on November 4th, 2020, on a hunger strike at the SIZO (pre-trial prison), is now in a comma. His health condition is critical. The information was confirmed by his wife on February 7th, 2021. According to his wife Sevinj Sadygova, the Azeri journalist has memory disturbance after three months of hunger strike. Afgan Sadigov was arrested and charged with extortion through threats in May 2020. On November 3rd, 2020 the court sentenced him to seven years in prison. Immediately after the sentence was pronounced he declared a hunger strike. Read more

Continued protest against arrests of journalists

CSOs call for Azeri authorities to stop the persecution of independent journalists

The media NGOs are calling the Azeri authorities to stop the persecution of the independent journalists and to respect human rights. Another Azerbaijani journalist was sentenced to 16 years in prison, being accused of espionage in favour of foreign forces. Poland Aslanov, the chief editor of the independent news websites Xeberman and Press-az, claims that he is innocent, and the accusations brought against him are related to his journalistic activity. He also declared hunger strike in sigh of protests against illegal allegations. Read more

CSOs call for Azeri authorities to stop the persecution of independent journalists

Protesters arrested, temporary internet restrictions imposed

CSOs participate in meetings with government officials ; More than 40 people arrested during protest; Russian Journalist accused of terrorism and illegally crossing the border of Nagorno-Karabakh; Access to the internet temporarily limited following the declaration of Martial Law Read more

Protesters arrested, temporary internet restrictions imposed

Political opposition figures persecuted and detained

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for civil society to operate, as governments implement restrictions on fundamental freedoms, and Azerbaijan is no exception. Restrictions have limited freedoms already under threat in the country, including the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression. Read more

Political opposition figures persecuted and detained

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