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Khadija Ismayilova tells court she is innocent of politically motivated charges

Khadija Ismayilova tells court she is innocent of politically motivated charges

Index calls on Azerbaijan's government to drop all charges against investigative journalist who has been in detention since December 2014

Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

Former 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

Azerbaijan: Appeal from jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova postponed indefinitely

Azerbaijan: Appeal from jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova postponed indefinitely

Ismayilova, one of Azerbaijan’s most celebrated investigative journalists, today had her appeal over a criminal libel conviction postponed indefinitely

Rasul Jafarov’s conviction: Latest human rights violation in Azerbaijan

Rasul Jafarov’s conviction: Latest human rights violation in Azerbaijan

The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns yesterday’s sentencing of Rasul Jafarov, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender, to 6.5 years in prison on politically motivated charges. The coalition calls for his immediate release.

Twitter users hijack #HelloBaku to shine spotlight on Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

Twitter users hijack #HelloBaku to shine spotlight on Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

The hashtag was launched by organisers of this summer's inaugural European Games in the country's capital Baku

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"

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’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

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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