Azerbaijan

Opposition rallies ahead of early presidential election

In February and March 2018, several protests took place in Baku, mostly organised by opposition political parties opposed to the 11th April 2018 presidential elections – six months before the legally allowed time. Read more

Opposition rallies ahead of early presidential election

Lawyers outside Bar Association of Azerbaijan hindered from practicing profession

On 1st December 2017 the Code of Civil and Administrative Procedure was amended, making it harder for lawyers to access to the courts if they are not members of the Bar Association of Azerbaijan. Civil society and watchdog groups are concerned the changes could violate human rights defenders and dissidents' right to a fair trail. Read more

Lawyers outside Bar Association of Azerbaijan hindered from practicing profession

Charges lifted against Turan News Agency and its director

At the beginning of November 2017, Radio Free Europe reported that the authorities in Azerbaijan had dropped all charges against Turan News Agency and its director, Mehman Aliyev. This comes as a positive development as Aliyev was detained in August 2017 on accusations of of tax evasion and abuse of power, while the Agency's financial operations were suspended. Read more

Charges lifted against Turan News Agency and its director

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

Turan is one of the few remaining independent media outlets in Azerbaijan and has faced other pressures from the authorities. On 25th August 2017, Mehman Aliyev, the director of Turan, was arrested for tax evasion. The Azeri opposition claims the move is an attack on freedom of speech in Azerbaijan. Fuad Agayev, Aliyev's lawyer, said that the charges against his client are politically motivated. On 12th September 2017, Aliyev was released from custody but is under police surveillance and cannot leave the country. Read more

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

PACE urges Azerbaijan to reform restrictive NGO laws

In June 2017, the co-rapporteurs for monitoring Azerbaijan from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Baku to discuss several important issues, including the restrictive regulations on funding of NGOs and other civil society actors. Read more

PACE urges Azerbaijan to reform restrictive NGO laws

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

An Azeri investigative journalist was kidnapped in Georgia, where he lived in exile since 2015, and brought illegally into Azerbaijan to be handed over to the police. Read more

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

Repression of civic freedoms in Azerbaijan only worsens

In March 2017, the Committee on Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe declassified the discussions held in January 2017 between the Committee and the Azerbaijani authorities. Read more

Repression of civic freedoms in Azerbaijan only worsens

Prominent journalist in Azerbaijan sentenced to two years in prison

Well-known Azerbaijani journalist and blogger, Mehman Huseynov, who investigated and reported on corruption cases, was sentenced on 3rd March 2017 to two years imprisonment on charges of libel. Read more

Prominent journalist in Azerbaijan sentenced to two years in prison

Outrage at Aliyev's EU visit as activists continue to be persecuted at home

Civil society expressed outrage at the EU's warm welcome for Azerbaijani president Aliyev as human rights abuses continued unabated at home. Read more

Outrage at Aliyev's EU visit as activists continue to be persecuted at home

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani authorities have a well documented track record of ruthlessly suppressing critical dissent and harassing outspoken activists into silence. Read more

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan