Opposition Party Activist Assaulted For Speaking Out Through Social Networks

Araz Samad, a poet and an activist with Shaki Regional Branch of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), was summoned to the Main Organized Crime Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where he was subjected to physical abuse for his activities on Facebook – the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told by Araz Samad.According to Samad, he was told in a phone call to come to the Main Organized Crime Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and he went...

Facebook Activist Arrested

    Mursal Isayev, the administrator of the Facebook page "İsayevin səhifəsi" (Isayev’s Page) has been arrested, his relatives have reported.   According to the reports, Mursal Isayev was first fined for violation of traffic rules related to pedestrians, but was then charged under article 310 (resisting the police) of the Code of Administrative Offences and sentenced to 7 days of administrative detention.   A few hours after Mursal Isayev's arrest, it was impossible to access his page on Facebook. The “İsayevin səhifəsi” page (Isayev’s Page) had close to 100,000 likes and...

Criminal Case Launched Against Political Exile Ingilab Karimov

A criminal case has been launched against Ingilab Karimov, a political exile residing in France, under Article 134 (issuing threats of death or serious harm to health) and 214-2 (explicit appeals to terrorism) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Ingilab Karimov is the nephew of Ali Karimli, the Chairman of the opposition party Azerbaijan Popular Front Party.   According to the Press Service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, “the criminal case has been launched due to the reasonable suspicion that Ingilab Karimov’s actions, such as his Facebook...
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