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EU human rights boss must meet with Azerbaijan’s jailed critics

EU human rights boss must meet with Azerbaijan’s jailed critics

With the arrival of the EU special representative for human rights in Azerbaijan, the country has a unique opportunity to adhere to the international commitments it has signed by releasing detained and imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders

Dear Ambassador: We must agree to disagree

Dear Ambassador: We must agree to disagree

In January, Index on Censorship reported on the beginning of the trial of human rights activist Rasul Jafarov, who is being tried on spurious charges. The Azerbaijani embassy has written to Index on Censorship responding to that article. Here is our response.

Azerbaijan: Journalist sentenced to five years for “aggravated hooliganism”

Azerbaijan: Journalist sentenced to five years for “aggravated hooliganism”

Azerbaijani journalist Seymur Hezi, who works for Index on Censorship Free of Expression Award-winning newspaper Azadliq, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for "aggravated hooliganism"

Madam Chancellor: Tell Aliyev to respect civil society

Chancellor Angela Merkel Bundeskanzleramt Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin   Madam Chancellor, As members of the international NGO coalition ‘Sport for Rights’ we are appealing to you to make human rights a central subject in your meeting next Wednesday, 21 January 2015, with president Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan. In recent years,

Seymur Hezi: Letter from an Azerbaijani prison

Seymur Hezi: Letter from an Azerbaijani prison

Journalist Seymur Hezi, who works for Index award-winning Azadliq newspaper, has written to his supporters from prison where he is awaiting trial on trumped up charges.

Azerbaijan: Sham trial of rights activist Rasul Jafarov begins

Azerbaijan: Sham trial of rights activist Rasul Jafarov begins

Prominent human rights campaigner Rasul Jafarov has been detained since 2 August on trumped up charges

Azerbaijan’s 12 months of paralysing attacks on civil society

Azerbaijan’s 12 months of paralysing attacks on civil society

Twelve months ago Rebecca Vincent and Rasul Jafarov wrote for Index on Censorship magazine on a crackdown on photojournalists in Azerbaijan. A year later Jafarov is in prison awaiting trial, and Vincent writes about the spiralling threats towards anyone who speaks out about democracy

Azerbaijan: Government arrests investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Government arrests investigative journalist

The arrest of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova today underscores the entrenched authoritarian instincts of the government of President Ilham Aliyev

Nils Muižnieks: Azerbaijan’s reprisals against brave activists and journalists must stop now

Nils Muižnieks: Azerbaijan’s reprisals against brave activists and journalists must stop now

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reflects on his recent mission to Azerbaijan – one of the most difficult of his tenure

Protesters turn out for Azerbaijan’s political prisoners

Protesters turn out for Azerbaijan’s political prisoners

Organisations and individuals from across Europe gathered in front of Azerbaijani embassies on Monday to demand Azerbaijan ends its crackdown on civil society.

Azerbaijan must stop its suppression of civil society

Mr Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Avenue 7 1005 Baku Republic of Azerbaijan Fax: +994124923543 and +994124920625 Email: office@pa.gov.az Mr President, As the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe by the Republic of Azerbaijan draws to a close, we, the undersigned members and partners of the

Azerbaijan: Lawyers dismissed from jailed rights activist’s case

Azerbaijan: Lawyers dismissed from jailed rights activist’s case

This comes as Azerbaijan's ambassador to the UK says the government is "deeply committed" to strengthening its cooperation with the country’s civil society

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