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The Azerbaijan Free Expression Platform collates resources from international organisations working to promote and defend this essential right. It aims to help journalists, policy makers and others interested in Azerbaijan to understand the ongoing crackdown on civic space and free media in the country, enabling them to support the work of local and international civil society to protect freedom of expression.
For freedom of expression in Azerbaijan

 6 December 2016   The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out a multi-pronged attack on freedom of expression, including introducing harsh penalties for critical speech online, imprisoning young activists for nothing more than graffiti, blocking access to websites of independent…

Posted on 06/12/2016
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Ilkin Rustamzada, a political activist, was jailed over three years ago for organising rallies protesting violence in the army via…

Posted on 06/12/2016
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2 November 2016   On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety…

Posted on 03/11/2016
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28 October, 2016   We, the undersigned organisations, welcome the decision by the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative…

Posted on 28/10/2016
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 20 October 2016   Dear Members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board, In light of the upcoming review of…

Posted on 20/10/2016

Latest Reports

A Full-Throttle Attack on Human Rights: What Reporters Covering the Baku F1 European Grand Prix Should Know
 
On 17 – 19 June 2016, Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. Attracting global attention, the race provides an opportunity for journalists covering it to increase awareness of the dire human rights situation in Azerbaijan and highlight the need for reform. More here
Posted on 15/06/2016
Civil Rights Defenders, “Human Rights in Azerbaijan”, Country Report 2016
A report written and compiled by Civil Rights Defenders' experts. It gives an overview of crucial human rights issues in Azerbaijan. More here  
Posted on 14/06/2016
International Partnership for Human Rights, ‘Justice Behind Bars: The persecution of civil society in Azerbaijan’, December 2015
A report prepared by the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR( in the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform. It looks at the abuse of the criminal justice system related to the civil society crackdown in Azerbaijan, providing a detailed analysis of the criminal cases against seven leading civil society figures: Anar Mammadli; Rasul Jafarov; Intigam Aliev; Leyla and Arif Yunus; Emin Huseynov; and Khadija Ismayilova. The report is based on the findings of field and trial monitoring missions carried out by IPHR; interviews with Azerbaijani lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders; as well as thorough analyses of case documents undertaken by lawyers engaged by IPHR. More here  
Posted on 14/06/2016
Human Rights House Network, Freedom Now, ‘Breaking point in Azerbaijan: Promotion and glamour abroad, Repression and imprisonment at home’ May 2015
A Report prepared by Freedom Now and Human Rights House Foundation. It shines a light on the wrongful imprisonment of independent activists in Azerbaijan by investigating and providing in-depth analysis of both the criminal laws that are being used to justify the detentions and the international standards that the state violates when it imprisons its own citizens for peacefully exercising their basic human rights. More here
Posted on 14/06/2016
Human Rights House Network, Freedom Now, ‘Breaking point in Azerbaijan: Promotion and glamour abroad, Repression and imprisonment at home’ May 2015
A Report prepared by Freedom Now and Human Rights House Foundation. It shines a light on the wrongful imprisonment of independent activists in Azerbaijan by investigating and providing in-depth analysis of both the criminal laws that are being used to justify the detentions and the international standards that the state violates when it imprisons its own citizens for peacefully exercising their basic human rights. More here
Posted on 14/06/2016