Azerbaijan: Rights Defender Convicted

(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.

In Azerbaijan, It's Press Unfreedom Year

Azerbaijan heads towards World Press Freedom Day with a fast-deteriorating record on media rights and free speech.

Time for actions against Azerbaijan

In his Wall Street Journal article David J. Kramer is calling on the US to start applying sanctions against Azerbaijani leaders. Here is the full piece:

Journalism students highlight plight of jailed journalists with bracelets

US university group launch Press Uncuffed project to raise money

This Journalist’s Jailing May Mean The End Of Free Speech In Azerbaijan

The jailing of Azerbaijan’s leading investigative journalist has rights activists and observers worried the country is intent on stamping out all dissent whatsoever.

A court in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, ordered Radio Free Liberty reporter Khadija Ismayilova (pictured above left) to spend two months in pretrial detention on Friday for allegedly nearly driving her boyfriend to suicide.