Azerbaijan: UNESCO urged to help end government’s crackdown on free expression
Recent articles in Azerbaijan

In May 2017, Mukhtarli was abducted in Georgia and transported to Azerbaijan, where he was sentenced to six years in prison on dubious charges in 2018. A judge ordered his early release on 17 March 2020.

At least 18 journalists were obstructed and/or physically attacked in the course of their reporting in Baku after Azerbaijan’s snap parliamentary elections on 9 February. Khadija Ismayilova was one of those who were beaten and arrested.

In 2019, over 50 imprisoned human rights defenders, journalists, opposition activists and religious believers were released, but at least 30 others remained wrongfully imprisoned, while authorities regularly targeted other dissenting voices.