January 8th, 2010
Journalists who wanted to obtain information regarding recent incidents in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Julfa district Bananiyar village were prevented from doing their professional duties.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) regional correspondents in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Elman Abassov, Hekimeldostu Mehdiyev, and regional correspondent of “Turan” Information Agency and “Radio Liberty” Malahat Nasibova were prevented from entering the village. The IRFS was told by Elman Abbasov that it is not possible to obtain information because there is limited access to the village.  
The Democracy and NGO Development Resource Centre disseminated a statement regarding this incident.
“Journalists and human rights defenders were banned from entering the village and monitor the incidents,” it was said in the statement. “All communication channels were ceased in the village for 36 hours. We, the journalists and human rights defenders, were threatened via phone calls while we were trying to receive information from the village residents.”
Several days ago, during a religious ceremony in the village, police intervened, detained several people and took them to Julfa district Alinja Police Department. The detained people were subjected to pressure there. Bananiyar village residents emphasized that Aliyev Kamal Yunus oglu was subjected to pressure more than anyone did. Then the police wanted to take them to hospital for the mentally ill. Aliyev Kamal’s son Aliyev Yunus protested and burned himself. Before committing this action, he warned the police that he would pour petroleum on himself and burn himself. And the police told him, “go ahead.” Yunus took out the match and began burning himself. Then the situation became worse and police forces were brought to the village.