Azerbajdzjan

Azerbajdzjan är en auktoritär regim där de medborgerliga och politiska rättigheterna är starkt begränsade och ständigt kränks. President Ilham Alijev och hans styrande parti innehar all politisk makt i landet. De allvarliga människorättskränkningarna i landet omfattar orättvisa rättsprocesser, godtyckliga gripanden, tortyr, misshandel i fängelser, förtryck av det civila samhällets möjligheter att arbeta, diskriminering av sexuella och etniska minoriteter samt personer med funktionshinder.

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(English) Stop the Ongoing Harassment of Activists’ Family in Azerbaijan

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is concerned by the persistent harassment of the family of Azerbaijani human rights defender Bashir Suleymanli, Director of the Institute for Citizen Rights and Co-Founder of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Center. We call upon the Government of Azerbaijan to immediately cease this intimidation, respect its citizenry’s rights to freedom of speech and assembly, and combat the growing impunity of local security services outside of the country’s capital Baku.

(English) Azerbaijan: Government Escalates Hacking Campaign Against Dissent

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(English) Several of Azerbaijan’s primary independent news websites have been inaccessible for several days, apparent victims of the government’s escalating cyberwar against dissent. On March 27, Meydan TV, Azadliq Qezeti, and the local service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty all became inaccessible inside the country, local media reported. As of March 30, they were still inaccessible.

(English) Journalist Mehman Huseynov Sentenced to Two Years on Fabricated Charges

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders calls upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release Mehman Huseynov, a prominent blogger and Chairperson of the press freedom organization, the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment on spurious charges of defamation. The lawsuit was brought by the chief of police in Baku’s Nasimi District after Huseynov publicly spoke out about his torture by district officers in January 2017. Huseynov was immediately taken into custody directly from the courtroom.

(English) No Progress on Key Reforms: Transparency Group Should Suspend Azerbaijan’s Membership

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and a coalition of 20 leading civil society organisations calls on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a prominent international coalition, to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership for failing to carry out key reforms. The EITI Board meeting is due to take place in Bogota on the 08 and 09 of March in order to review the country’s efforts to reduce oppression against civil society groups.

Azerbajdzjan har fått 17 nya politiska fångar efter skenrättegång

The trial of conservative Sh’ia religious activists involved in what is known as the 'Nardaran Affair' has reached its long-expected conclusion, with all 17 defendants sentenced to up to 20-year prison terms. (Photo courtesy of Vladic Ravich)

I slutet av januari dömdes sjutton personer till uppemot 20 års fängelse i diktaturen Azerbajdzjan, i en rättegång som av allt att döma är politiskt motiverad. Samtliga – 16 medlemmar i den moderata muslimska gruppen ”Muslimsk enighet” samt en sekulär oppositionspolitiker – dömdes för en rad brott, som sträcker sig från vapenhandel till planer på att störta regeringen. Domen är ett tecken på att det diktatoriska styret i Azerbajdzjan hårdnar.

Journalist torterad i Azerbajdzjan

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Kvällen den 9 januari fördes Mehman Huseynov, en av Azerbajdzjans främsta politiska bloggare och ordförande i den lokala pressfrihetsgruppen ”Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety” bort av okända angripare i centrala Baku. Huseynov fördes till häkte där han bland annat blev torterad. Civil Rights Defenders uppmanar, tillsammans med 18 andra organisationer, myndigheterna i Azerbajdzjan att omedelbart utreda händelsen så att de ansvariga ställs till svars.

Journalisten Khadiya Ismayilova utsatt för nätattack i Azerbajdzjan

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De senaste veckorna har den azeriska journalisten Khadiya Ismayilova och hennes familj utsatts för en nätattack där de fått sina telefonnummer publicerade på en annons för sexuella tjänster. Det råder inget tvivel om att det är myndigheterna som ligger bakom. ”Det är så här de agerar. Vi vet det eftersom de gjort så mot flera andra unga, kvinnliga aktivister”, säger Khadiya Ismayilova. Civil Rights Defenders fördömer trakasserierna och uppmanar till en omedelbar utredning av händelserna.

(English) It is Time for the Council of Europe to Take Off its Blinkers Over Azerbaijan

Khadiya Ismayilova one of the numerous journalists and human rights defenders who were arrested on pre-fabricated charges by the Aliyev regime. Khadiya was released from prison due to international pressure in May 2016. Photo by Johangir Yusif

(English) The Council of Europe is supposed to be a club of democratic countries, but Azerbaijani officials have expressed little interest in seeing their country become one. This used to upset at least some at the Council of Europe – a decade ago, the council discussed suspending Azerbaijan’s voting rights – but its members appear to have decided to just pretend Azerbaijan is a democracy and hope for the best.

(English) Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

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(English) Less than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. Today, Civil Rights Defenders joins 17 member organisations of the Sports for Rights coalition in a statement to condemn this renewed crackdown. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the release of political prisoners held for their peaceful political activities or exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

(English) Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

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(English) In a joint statement released today, Civil Rights Defenders condemns the Azerbaijani authorities’ crackdown on the independent media and other critical voices. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to implement immediate and concrete steps to improve freedom of expression in the country, starting with the unconditional release of jailed journalists, bloggers, and other political prisoners.

Mänskliga rättigheter i Azerbajdzjan

Azerbajdzjan är en auktoritär stat i vilken medborgerliga och politiska rättigheter begränsas och kränks dagligen. Den politiska makten är helt och hållet koncentrerad i händerna på presidenten Illham Aliyev och det regerande partiet som är direkt anslutet till honom. Efter valet 2013, som var bristfälligt i många aspekter, stod det fast att Aliyev var färdig för en tredje mandatperiod som landets president. Respekten för de mänskliga rättigheterna, som visserligen länge varit bristfällig, har förvärrats ytterligare de senaste åren. De tydligaste kränkningarna av mänskliga rättigheter sker inom området för yttrandefrihet och mötes- och föreningsfrihet.

(English) Remembering the Plight of Human Rights Defenders in Prison

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(English) On the eve of the arrest of investigative Journalist Khadiya Ismayilova Civil Rights Defenders and other members of the Sports for Rights coalition together with the Civic Society Platform call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of all human rights defenders. Ismayilova is one of dozens of human rights defenders and political prisoners who have been incarcerated by the regime on politically motivated charges.

(English) Azerbaijan Parliamentary Elections : Report Examines Two Years of Repression in Azerbaijan

While Rasul has been released Khadiya Ismayilova and Intigam Aliyev still remain behind bars

(English) With just two days remaining until Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections, the Sport for Rights campaign of which Civil Rights Defenders is a member, has launched a new report examining the unprecedented human rights crackdown taking place in the country. Since the inauguaral 2015 European Games held in Baku the authorities have clamped down on civil society organisations and human roghts defenders with an iron fist silencing all remaining critical voices in the country.

(English) Azerbaijan: Dismay as Investigative Journalist Khadiya Ismayilova is Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders condemns the politically motivated sentencing of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadiya Ismayilova to 7.5 years in prison. Today, the 01st September Khadiya was convicted by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship and abuse of office. She was acquitted on an earlier charge of inciting someone to commit suicide.

Sport for Rights fördömer hårda domar mot Leyla och Arif Yunus

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Koalitionen Sport for Rights, i vilken Civil Rights Defenders ingår, uppmanar i ett uttalande att Leyla och Arif Yunus, tillsammans med andra fängslade journalister och människorättsförsvarare i Azerbajdzjan, omedelbart friges. Koalitionen kräver också fortsatt internationell uppmärksamhet på Azerbajdzjan och ökade insatser för att kunna ställa regimen inför rätta för människorättsbrott.

(English) Alarming Deterioration in the Human Rights Landscape in Azerbaijan

While Rasul has been released Khadiya Ismayilova and Intigam Aliyev still remain behind bars

(English) The human rights situation continues to deteriorate in Azerbaijan in the aftermath of the European Games. On August 08th, the journalist Rasim Aliyev was brutally attacked and severely beaten by a group of people. He subsequently died on August 09th in a Baku hospital while human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus were handed down lengthy prison sentences yesterday on politically motivated charges.

(English) Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with several other civil society organisations who are members of ”Sport for Rights” has issued a statement calling on the Azerbaijani authorities to put an end to their ongoing attempts to silence critical reporting. The statement follows after Meydan TV Director Emin Milli reported that he had received a threat from the Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, in connection with his critical reporting on the European Games.

(English) Azerbaijan : The Repressive Side of the European Olympic Games.

While Rasul has been released Khadiya Ismayilova and Intigam Aliyev still remain behind bars

(English) Azerbaijan’s human rights record will once again be in the spotlight on the 16th June 2015 when Civil Rights Defenders will co-sponsor an event at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Entitled Azerbaijan: The Repressive Side of the European Olympic Games and organised by Human Rights House Network, International Media Support and People in Need, the event will shine a light on the severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms and the imprisonment of civil society.

(English) Public Prosecutor Seeks Nine-Year Prison Sentence for Rasul Jafarov

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(English) At the Baku Court of Grave Crimes the hearing has begun against prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender Rasul Jafarov who has been kept in pre-trial detention since August 02. The Public Prosecutor is seeking a nine year prison sentence for Jafarov and in addition to the numerous charges levied against him two more have been added; misappropriation and falsification of documents.

Organisationer uppmanar till internationell solidaritet

Den 17 oktober, bara en vecka efter presidentvalet i Azerbajdzjan, förbjöds försäljningen av flera dagstidningar i Baku. En av dessa är dagstidningen Azadliq, en av få kvarvarande oppositionella nyhetskanaler i landet. ”Vi uppmanar landets rättsliga och polisiära myndigheter att upphöra med sin mediejakt och vi uppmanar till internationell solidaritet för tidningen”, säger Civil Rights Defenders och flera andra organisationer i ett gemensamt uttalande.

(English) Blogger sentenced to 9 years on trumped-up drug charges

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(English) Rashad Ramazanov, Azerbaijani blogger who criticized the authorities on Facebook and YouTube, was sentenced to nine years in prison on trumped-up drug charges. ”The Azerbaijani regime has given several famous dissidents long prison terms for alleged drug trafficking recently. This is a clear message to other voices who dare be critical”, said Joanna Kurosz, at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Election will not be credible unless people can criticise the government

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(English) In a joint call issued on the eve of the Presidential election, 22 human rights organisations and press freedom campaigners warn that the failure of the government of Azerbaijan to respect human rights, including freedom of expression, undermines the democratic legitimacy of the government. Azerbaijan should take immediate action to ensure fundamental rights are protected ahead of the election.

Nyhetsredaktör dömd till 5 års fängelse kort tid före presidentval

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Civil Rights Defenders fördömer den hårda domen mot Hilal Mammadov, oberoende nyhetsredaktör för tidningen Tilishi Sado i Azerbajdzjan. Bara veckor innan presidentvalet som hålls i Azerbajdzjan den 9 oktober dömdes Hilal Mammadov till fem års fängelse. Hans fall är det senaste i raden av rättsprocesser mot personer som utövar sin rätt till yttrandefrihet, mötesfrihet och föreningsfrihet.

(English) Rights to freedom of expression eroded even further

(English) The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan strongly condemns a series of repressive legislative amendments that Azerbaijan’s National Assembly adopted on 14 May 2013. “The amendments seek to ban criticism and increase the cost of dissent,” the undersigned organisations said. A report recently published by Civil Rights Defenders shows that repression of civil society has reached new lows.