APPEAL   of Azerbaijani civil society activists and representatives   to the UN Committee Against Torture and European Committee for the Prevention of Torture   and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on the cases of politically motivated torture in Azerbaijan   For the attention of: The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan The Commissioner…

HRC40 | Stifling civil society in the name of national security does not pay off, says Special Rapporteur

Wake up to the adverse effect counter-terrorism and security matrices and measures are having on civil society, says an independent human rights expert in a new report to the UN’s Human Rights Council.  Silencing civil society is counter-productive; it puts national security at risk.  In a hard-hitting new report, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental…

NEW CHARGES AGAINST AZERBAIJANI BLOGGER MEHMAN HUSEYNOV, NOW ON HUNGER STRIKE, A CRUEL PUNISHMENT FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

New criminal charges brought against the imprisoned reporter and blogger Mehman Huseynov just weeks before his release date are a cruel step by Azerbaijani authorities to punish him for his critical journalism, PEN America said in a statement today.  Huseynov, a popular Azerbaijani blogger and journalist known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by…