Seymur Hezi

Imprisoned (2014): Seymur Hezi ROLE: Journalist and columnist for Azadliq, news presenter for pro-opposition TV channel Azerbaijan Saati (Azerbaijan Hour). FOCUS: Politics, particularly President Aliyev and other Azerbaijani government officials. ARRESTED: 29 August 2014. CHARGED: Hooliganism committed with a weapon or an object used as a weapon. CONVICTED: Hezi was…

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Ilkin Rustemzade

Imprisoned (2013): Ilkin Rustemzade ROLE: Blogger, youth activist and member of Azad Genchlik (Free Youth Organisation) FOCUS: Well known for posting online critical comments about corruption in highe education and government ARRESTED: 17 May 2013 CHARGED: Оrganising mass violent disorder CONVICTED: Rustemzade was sentenced to 8 years in prison on…

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Ilgar Mammadov

Imprisoned (2013): Ilgar Mammadov ROLE: Chairman and opposition leader for Republican Alternative (REAL) party, potential presidential candidate, director of Baku School for Political Studies. FOCUS: The REAL party, founded in 2008, envisions Azerbaijan as a parliamentary – rather than a presidential – republic. It views the establishing of a democratic society and potential integration into the EU and…

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Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against investigative journalist

Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her…

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Give Human Rights a Sporting Chance in Azerbaijan

In June 2015, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will host the first ever European Games under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees. Controversy already surrounds this new sporting venture.

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