Tag archive of Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayil’s appeal denied

     On 29 September, the Baku Court of Appeal under judge Gail Mammadov heard the appeal filed by Khadija Ismayil’s lawyers against the verdict issued by the Binagady District Court, which convicted Ismayil under Article 147.2 (defamation by accusing a person of a serious crime) of the Criminal Code. She was fined 2500 manat.   At today’s hearing, Khadija Ismayil filed a petition stating, “It is important for me to know

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Statement by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety on the conviction of Khadija Ismayilova

    IRFS strongly condemns the 7.5- year prison sentence rendered against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova who was convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, illegal business activity, and abuse of power, following a brief trial in Baku.   IRFS believes the charges against Ismayilova are politically motivated and are a form of retribution for her groundbreaking reporting on the financial dealings of high-level

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JOINT STATEMENT: Sport for Rights coalition condemns sentencing of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

  JOINT STATEMENT   September 1, 2015       Azerbaijan: Sport for Rights coalition condemns sentencing of journalist Khadija Ismayilova   The Sport for Rights coalition strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova to a staggering 7.5 years in jail. On 1 September, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes convicted Ismayilova on charges of embezzlement, illegal entrepreneurship,

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Khadija Ismayil receives another award

 On July 30, the highly regarded National Press Club of the United States awarded its top press freedom award to Azerbaijani investigative journalist and Radio Liberty reporter Khadija Ismayil. Radio Liberty’s Editor-in-chief Nenad Pejic received the John Aubuchon Award on behalf of Khadija Ismayil, who is widely recognized as a political prisoner.   “This award is an acknowledgment of her heroism and strength of belief, but tonight

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JOINT STATEMENT: Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

JOINT STATEMENT July 30, 2015      Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan     A year after the Azerbaijani government launched an unprecedented crackdown on human rights, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The Sport for Rights Coalition calls on the international community to immediately and publicly condemn the government of Azerbaijan's

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Transparency International Azerbaijan Chapter Head testifies for the prosecution

  Summary: Second Hearing during the Trial of Leyla and Arif Yunus (July 27 2015)   ·      A witness for the prosecution, Rena Safaraliyeva, the head of the Transparency International Azerbaijani Chapter, concluded her time on the stand with a grilling from defence lawyers. Safaraliyeva, who claims to be a victim in the case, testified about the alleged damages she had suffered. Safaraliyeva failed to substantiate

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Updates in journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s case

Journalist Tural Mustafayev, who filed the charges against Khadija Ismayilova that led to her arrest, wrote on his Facebook page that he had been summoned to the State Prosecutor's Office in connection with the investigation. He said he had not complied with a previous summons, but that he was planning to comply with this one.   Mustafayev said he did not understand why he has been summoned. Stating that he has withdrawn his complaint, Mustafayev

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Journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s detention period extended for an additional three months

  On May 14, Nasimi District Court considered the Prosecutor General Office's submission to extend the detention of journalist Khadija Ismayilova.     The court granted the motion and extended the journalist's detention period to August 24.     The journalist's lawyer said that the submission for extension reiterated the Prosecutor’s previously stated concerns. The Prosecutor's Office claims that Ismayilova may influence

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Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov’s story bears all the hallmarks of the typical forms of pressure used by an increasingly intolerant regime to silence its critics. Abbasov became a target for providing a rare critical voice in a media climate dominated by the state. As a result, Abbasov and his family faced years of pressure, ranging from harassment and threats to physical attacks. Nonetheless, he persisted in his efforts to tell the truth

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