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Balakan Regional Court has launched judicial investigation in the case of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli.
At the hearing, the indictment bill was read out. » » » »

According to NIDA Youth Movement, youth activist Bayram Mammadov has been placed in solitary confinement in Prison #13 where he is serving a sentence.
As reported by the Movement, Mammadov has been ordered to spend 30 days in solitary confinement. » » » »

Baku Court for Serious Crimes sentenced Aziz Orujov, director of Internet channel “Channel 13” on Friday. Judge Mirza Khankishiyev found him guilty of illegal business and misappropriation, and convicted for 6 years of imprisonment. » » » »

The Baku Court of Appeal (BAC) today again upheld the verdict to blogger Mehman Huseynov. The reason for the arrest of the blogger were his allegations of torture in the police in January this year. In response, the head of the Nasimi police department Musa Musayev filed a libel suit. On 3 May the Surakhani District Court sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison, finding him guilty of libel » » » »

As we commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day and International Human Rights Day on 9-10 December, we are challenged by how little the international community has done to support Azerbaijani civil society and media in their pushback against corruption and control, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said today.
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Balakan District Court has launched proceedings on journalist Afgan Mukhtarli’s case with a preliminary hearing, which was attended by representatives of the US embassy and members of the local community. At the hearing, journalist’s lawyers Nemat Karimli and Elchin Sadigov filed several motions. » » » »
According to columnist Seymur Verdizade, he has been insulted for his article “A Mayor Walking with a Walking Stick and Unemployed Youths” published on the website Qafqazinfo.az. » » » »

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A coalition of 37 human rights NGOs has sent a letter to the EU member state heads and EU leaders ahead of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Brussels to participate in the 5thEastern Partnership Summit on 24 November 2017. The NGOs urge the EU member state heads and leaders to use the summit to call on president Aliyev to end the current human rights crackdown in Azerbaijan and commit to concrete steps in this regard, including the release of individuals imprisoned on politically motivated charges and reforms of repressive NGO legislation. » » » »

Baku Grave Crimes Court held a hearing on the case of Kanal13 internet television’s arrested executive director Aziz Orujov. Judge Mirza Khankishiyev presided the jury.

The journalist’s lawyers filed several motions at the hearing. Javad Javadov asked the court to apply to the Constitutional Court for the interpretation of Article 192.1 of the Criminal Code. » » » »

(Brussels, November 23, 2017) – Leaders of European Union member states should press visiting Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev to end the crackdown on critics and commit to concrete and sustainable human rights reforms, 37 non-governmental groups said today in a letter to heads of European Union member states. » » » »