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27 May: 40 protests for Khadija Ismayilova’s 40th birthday

alt informationJoin the Sport for Rights campaign in organising 40 protests to help mark the 40th birthday of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Rebecca Vincent: Azerbaijan prepares for election after locking up critics

Azerbaijani citizens are set to go to the polls this Sunday to vote for their representatives in 125 parliamentary districts, but this process will be far from democratic. This country has not held a democratic election for more than 20 years, and Azerbaijan’s parliament, the Milli Mejlis, is little more than a rubber-stamping body. These […]

Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

alt informationFormer Index award winner Idrak Abbasov urges Christiane Amanpour, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety, to call for the release of Azerbaijan's jailed journalists and human rights defenders

Rebecca Vincent: Britain’s next prime minister must use European Games to stand up for human rights in Azerbaijan

In helping to whitewash Azerbaijan’s ever-worsening image, the UK would only end up tarnishing its own, writes Rebecca Vincent.

Azerbaijan’s 12 months of paralysing attacks on civil society

alt informationTwelve 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

Five things Aliyev doesn’t want you to know about Azerbaijan’s presidential election

alt informationAlthough its government has been working hard to promote a positive image of Azerbaijan abroad, at home, it continues to crack down on citizens’ ability to exercise their basic rights and fundamental freedoms, Rebecca Vincent writes

Have Europe’s politicians failed Azerbaijan?

This week the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) did not pass a resolution pressurising Azerbaijan to release or retry its political prisoners. Rebecca Vincent looks at how the body's lack of pressure further endangers free expression in the country

Internet freedom? Not in Azerbaijan

IGF | Azerbaijan's government locks up its online critics on trumped-up charges so it is an odd choice to host a giant international forum on internet freedom. Rebecca Vincent explains MORE ON THIS STORY: Access denied in Azerbaijan Letter from Baku

Azerbaijan: A visit with Idrak Abbasov

On 18 April, Index award-winner Idrak Abbasov was brutally attacked while he reported on the demolition of houses. Rebecca Vincent visited him at his home outside Baku