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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

Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

A Baku court has sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention, dealing a new blow to Azerbaijan’s independent media at a time when its civil society is being subjected to an unprecedented crackdown

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in

Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Powerful pictures show thousands gathering in Baku as crackdown on government critics continues

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