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News from the Human Right House Azerbaijan - 2012

Image: Baku, government officials clamping their hands over the protesters’ mouths as they shouted slogans for freedom, equality and free elections. 
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Despite concerns over freedom of speech, Azerbaijan hosts UN-initiated forum

Last week Baku hosted the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – a global UN-initiated forum debating the future of internet freedom. At the time there were nine journalists and three human rights defenders held in jail in Azerbaijan. Five of these cases are linked to online criticism of authorities. 11 Nov 2012 »

Image: Zaur Gurbanli, Azeri blogger 

International organisations condemn detention of youth activist in Azerbaijan

ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship are concerned about the arrest of Zaur Gurbanli, an activist with the N!DA Civic Movement and the Positive Change Youth Movement. 09 Oct 2012 »

Image: Azeri jopurnalists and poets Shahriyar Hajizade and Farid Huseyn 

Two Azeri journalists and poets released in Iran

On 4 September Iran released two Azerbaijani journalists and poets Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade who had been detained arbitrarily in Iran in May for alleged espionage. Free speech organisations welcome the decision and emphasize the absurdity of the charges brought against the journalists. 08 Sep 2012 »

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Journalist jailed in Azerbaijan

Freelance journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison in reprisal for his coverage of alleged government corruption. 02 Sep 2012 »

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Human rights situation worsened after Eurovision

In the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Azerbaijani authorities have targeted critical journalists and activists. 19 Jul 2012 »

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