December 5th marks one year anniversary of Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest. The investigative journalist, known for exposing state corruption, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison in September on charges widely seen as politically motivated. For many, Ismayilova is a human rights icon jailed for speaking the truth. For her mother, she is a daughter who remains strong in the face of severe obstacles.
WHEN AZERBAIJAN opened the first European Games in Baku on June 12, the extravagant ceremony included a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga, who performed a 10-minute set, for which she was reportedly paid $2 million. The singer delivered a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” while playing a piano covered in flowers.
As a result of Uppdrag gransknings previous revelations, with suspected bribes in Uzbekistan, TeliaSonera's new management said they would clean up the company's dirty past.
(Berlin) – Azerbaijan’s conviction on April 16, 2015, of a leading human rights activist and government critic,Rasul Jafarov, reflects the government’s relentless crackdown against independent voices, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release Jafarov and vacate his politically motivated conviction. The authorities should also end their ongoing harassment of the country’s human rights community and allow human rights groups to function freely.
Azerbaijan heads towards World Press Freedom Day with a fast-deteriorating record on media rights and free speech.