Azerbaijan: 51 political prisoners released during Novruz celebrations

On 16 March 2019, 51 political prisoners were released from prison following a pardon issued by the President of Azerbaijan in relation to the Novruz celebrations. While International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Human Rights Club welcome the releases as a positive development, we maintain that these individuals should have never been detained and…

Statement by the Spokesperson on the pardoning of prisoners in Azerbaijan to mark Novruz Holiday

On 16 March, to mark Novruz Holiday, the President of Azerbaijan pardoned over 400 people. Among those pardoned are also representatives of political parties, NGOs, bloggers and journalists, which is a welcome step. The European Union expects that further similar steps will follow in future in line with Azerbaijan’s international commitments. The EU will continue…

UK Director of Reporters Without Borders on the state of Azerbaijan

In October 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a $500 million loan for the Azerbaijani-led TANAP pipeline, despite allegations of high-level corruption in the framework of the Azerbaijani Laundromat. On 16 January 2019, the EBRD invited representatives of civil society to participate in the review process of the bank’s country strategy…

In Azerbaijan, big brother is watching you everywhere: offline, online, on mobile devices and social media apps

Article by Arzu Geybulla On January 7th 2019,VirtualRoad, the secure hosting project of the Qurium – Media Foundation published[1] a report documenting fresh attacks against Azerbaijan’s oldest opposition newspaper Azadliq’s website (azadliq.info). The report concluded: “After ten months trying to keep azadliq.info online inside Azerbaijan using our Bifrost service[2] and bypassing multi-million dollars DPI deployments,…

Azerbaijan: co-rapporteurs call upon authorities to review Mehman Huseynov’s case

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) have expressed their deep concern at the new charges brought against an anti-corruption Azerbaijani blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Mehman…

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…