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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
Letter: Calling on Formula One to Act
Dear Mr Ecclestone, We, the undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition, are writing to you in advance of the Baku European Grand Prix in June to provide details on Azerbaijan’s deeply troubling human rights record and steps that we believe Formula One Group can take to ensure its compliance with its human rights responsibilities... More here  
Posted on 14/06/2016
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Press Briefing on F1 and Azerbaijan
On 17 – 19 June 2016, Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku will host the Formula 1 European Grand Prix. Attracting global attention, the event provides an opportunity for journalists covering the race to increase awareness of the dire human rights situation in Azerbaijan and highlight the need for reform. More here
Posted on 14/06/2016
#HappyBirthdayKhadija Global Action
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Our heartfelt thanks to Khadija Ismayilova's supporters around the world, who gathered in the week leading up to her 40th birthday on 27th May, to celebrate her birthday and her surprise release from prison, call for her full acquittal, and most importantly - call for the releases of all of Azerbaijan's many remaining political prisoners! More here
Posted on 14/06/2016
Cancel F1 performances over human rights
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We urge singers Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown to stand up for human rights in Azerbaijan by cancelling their performances at the Formula One European Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place in in Baku in June 2016. More here
Posted on 14/06/2016
Azerbaijan ‘inactive’ on civic space say OGP
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Publish What You Pay (PWYP), ARTICLE 19 and CIVICUS welcome yesterday’s unprecedented decision by the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to list Azerbaijan as ‘inactive'.  Through this decision, the OGP reaffirms how vital civil society is for an open government. More here
Posted on 14/06/2016

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