Daily Archives: Wednesday March 8th, 2017

As the EITI officials are discussing Azerbaijan’s status at the board meeting in Bogota we are writing with an urgent update in regards to the most recent imprisonment of a member of the EITI coalition, another serious blow to EITI standards. The Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) is a member of the EITI National Coalition. Our organisation is committed to promoting accountable journalism and freedom of expression. Without free and
* MP Zahid Oruj criticised the report for failing to highlight many problems in society; * MP Fazil Mustafa noted that courts continued to pass harsh sentences despite the President’s decree on softening the punishment policy. On 7 March, Azerbaijan’s human rights commissioner Elmira Suleymanova made her annual report in Milli Meclis (Parliament). According to her, the Ombudsman received about 20,000 appeals in 2016. “Last year, the Commissioner