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The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) photo exhibition of human rights abuses in Azerbaijan has stimulated a lively discussions on related issues, such as journalism and impunity; the right to freedom of assembly and police brutality; peaceful activism and repression.
The exhibition held on the occasion of World Human Rights Day at IRFS’ newly established Media and Human Rights Centre in Tbilisi, brought together 45 photographs. These powerful photographs spans a time frame from 2006 up until now, and depict the determined struggle of those fighting for fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan.
‘By holding this exhibition on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, we want to celebrate those who have suffered human rights abuses, and those whose human rights are still being violated’, said IRFS CEO Emin Huseynov upon opening the exhibition.
While some of the photos could be found disturbing, said Huseynov, they are also powerful works of art and commentary that should be displayed and freely discussed.
‘What better place to host the exhibition than our new resource centre in the heart of Tbilisi, which we hope will soon become home to the freedom of expression initiatives’, added Huseynov.