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Release Bayram Mammadov; Probe Ill-treatment Allegations

(Berlin) – Azerbaijani authorities re-arrested a youth activist two weeks after he was pardoned for a bogus drug conviction and freed, Human Rights Watch said today.
 The activist, Bayram Mammadov, is a member of NIDA (Azeri for “Exclamation Mark”),…
Policemen bringing youth activist Bayram Mammadov to the Appeal Court in Baku, Azerbaijan. April 2, 2019.

Authorities Stifle Critics, Impede Work of Independent Groups

Click to expand Image Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is…
Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is brought to the court after he has been abducted in Georgia and forcibly taken to neighboring Azerbaijan where he was detained in custody.

Transparency Group Should Suspend Country’s Membership

(London) – The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a prominent international coalition, should suspend Azerbaijan’s membership for failing to carry out key reforms, a coalition of 21 groups including Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and…
An Azerbaijan state flag flutters in the wind on an oil platform in the Caspian Sea east of Baku, January 22, 2013.

Use High-Level Talks to Secure Change

(Brussels) – European Union officials should press President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free unjustly imprisoned political activists, journalists, and other government critics, Human Rights Watch said today. EU officials should also urge Aliyev to end…
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attends a news conference, Berlin, Germany, June 7, 2016.

Quash Convictions, Release Religious Scholar, Activist, and Others

(Berlin) – The Azerbaijan authorities should release 18 people, including a prominent religious scholar and a leading political opposition activist, who were wrongly convicted and sentenced to long prison sentences on January 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch…
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Government Critics, Independent Groups Targeted

(Berlin) – The Azerbaijani government sustained a broad crackdown on government critics during 2016, locking up dozens of people and enforcing laws that paralyze independent groups, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.
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A grid view of activists who have been arrested, harassed, or detained by the Azerbaijani government.