Author Archive of Irfs

Kleptocracy in the OSCE states, a threat to democracy and human rights

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety cordially invites you to a side event: Kleptocracy in the OSCE states, a threat to democracy and human rights Thursday, February 21, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is organizing a side event during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna. (more…)

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Side Event: Azerbaijan’s Kleptocracy, Repression and Council of Europe Membership

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety cordially invites you to a side event: Azerbaijan’s Kleptocracy, Repression and Council of Europe Membership. Tuesday 22 January, 13:00-14:00 Venue: Room 11, Palais de L’Europe Today, the Council of Europe member states Azerbaijan and Russia are more repressive than they have ever been in the post-Soviet era. At the same time, Danske Bank’s Estonia branch has been involved in three international

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A jailed blogger in Azerbaijan is on a hunger strike to fight bogus charges. He must be freed!

(Znotins/AFP/Getty Images) Washingtonpost: MEHMAN HUSEYNOV is a blogger, an activist for a free press and a journalist who has exposed uncomfortable truths about the rulers of Azerbaijan, including official corruption and police brutality. For almost two years, he has been imprisoned on bogus charges. As the end of his term approaches, the Azerbaijani police state has cooked up new charges to keep him in jail five to seven more years. Mr. Huseynov

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Azerbaijan: co-rapporteurs call upon authorities to review Mehman Huseynov’s case

Turan: The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) have expressed their deep concern at the new charges brought against an anti-corruption Azerbaijani blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Mehman Huseynov, who is currently serving the remaining two months of his two-year

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Senator Marco Rubio Calls for Immediate Release of Mehman Huseynov

Turan: US Senator Marco Rubio called on official Baku to immediately release blogger Mehman Huseynov. "Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov remains imprisoned on a trumped-up charge. Now he is in a critical situation due to a hunger strike. The government of Azerbaijan should release him immediately," the senator wrote in his blog on Twitter. Recall that Huseynov continues his hunger strike for the 10th day in connection with a new case brought against

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Reported the hospitalization of Mehman Huseynov

Late in the evening, the health condition of the blogger Mehman Huseynov, who was conducting a hunger strike on December 26, deteriorated sharply in the Baku SIZO-1 facility, and he was urgently sent to a prison hospital. This was announced by journalist Natig Adilov living abroad, citing sources in the Prison Service. It was not possible to receive comments in official bodies due to the late hours of the day. (more…)

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Mehman Huseynov’s Father Intends to Join Hunger Strike

The father of blogger Mehman Huseynov, Rafig Huseynov, 66 years old, intends to join the hunger strike in support of his son. "They don't give me a meeting with my son. Now I have a temperature of 41 degrees. Despite this, on January 6 I will once again go to the Baku Detention Center No. 1. I am very worried about the condition of my son. If tomorrow they do not give me a meeting with him, then I will start a hunger strike," Rafig Huseynov told

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ИСБР призывает азербайджанские власти к немедленному освобождению известного борца с коррупцией

Институт Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров (ИСБР) осуждает власти Азербайджана за инициирование нового политически мотивированного уголовного дела против своего ярого критика, известного борца с коррупцией, блогера и правозащитника, а также председателя

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Anti-Corruption Blogger Mehman Huseynov Faces New Charges

A prominent anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov, imprisoned since March 2017 faces new charges, solely due to his human rights work, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said today. (more…)

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Anti-Corruption & Human Rights Statement #FreeMehman

In the observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) reaffirms its commitment to defending and promoting thesetwo of the most important pillars of a healthy and democratic society. Azerbaijan –a country recognised for its human rights abuses and widespread corruption –should be held accountable by UN and other international and regional bodies for

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