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European Rights Court Issues Third Ruling In Favor Of Azerbaijani Investigative Journalist

BAKU — The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Azerbaijan failed to protect investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova’s right to privacy, saying the country’s courts should have sanctioned a local newspaper for an article making salacious claims and commentary about her private and sexual life. The Strasbourg-based court on May 7 held that […]

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Azerbaijan Puts Four Top Banks Under Temporary Administration

BAKU — Azerbaijan’s central bank has put four of the energy-rich South Caucasus country’s top banks under temporary administration, amid economic difficulties caused by a plunge in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. The central bank on April 27 appointed temporary administrators for Atabank, AGBank, NBCBank, and Amrah Bank, which are among the country’s 15 […]

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U.S., EU Welcome Full Acquittal Of Azerbaijani Politician, Rights Defender

The United States and European Union have welcomed the full acquittal in Azerbaijan of a leading human rights defender and an opposition leader. ​​Ilqar Mammadov, chairman of the Republican Alternative Party (ReAL), and Rasul Cafarov, a prominent human rights defender and board member of ReAL, were acquitted by the Azerbaijani Supreme Court on April 23 […]

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HRW Says Azerbaijan Abuses COVID-19 Restrictions To Crack Down On Critics

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is accusing Azerbaijani authorities of “abusing” restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus to arrest government critics. In less than a month, at least six opposition activists and a pro-opposition journalist were sentenced to detention of up to 30 days on “spurious charges” that included breaking lockdown rules […]

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Azerbaijan’s Coronavirus Disinformation Law Could Curb Press Freedom, OSCE Says

The media-rights watchdog for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has raised concerns about legislation passed recently in Azerbaijan with the stated aim of fighting against coronavirus disinformation. “I fully understand the need to combat false information during a health emergency,” Harlem Desir, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, said […]

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Azerbaijani Opposition Politician Arrested On ‘Bogus’ Charges, HRW Says

BAKU — Azerbaijan has arrested a prominent opposition politician, Tofig Yagublu, in what Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls “another disturbing example of the government’s contempt for free speech and political critics.” The New York-based rights group said on March 25 that Yagublu was arrested on spurious hooliganism charges, days after President Ilham Aliyev suggested he […]

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HRW Welcomes Azerbaijani Journalist’s Release, Deplores Others Still Behind Bars

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on Azerbaijan to free at least five journalists and bloggers who it says have been imprisoned on politically motivated charges. The New York-based human rights watchdog made the call on March 18, the day after Azerbaijani authorities released investigative reporter Afqan Muxtarli from prison. Calling the move “a rare […]

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