Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS)
Articles by Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS)

IRFS calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to end their crackdown on critics under the guise of protecting public safety, and for approximately 120 political prisoners to be released in order to protect their health.

Azerbaijani soldiers cast their ballot during the constitutional referendum at a polling station in Baku, 26 September 2016, TOFIK BABAYEV/AFP/Getty Images

President Aliyev calls snap election for April 2018 but ongoing human rights abuses undermine any meaningful prospect of free and fair elections.

A newspaper vendor in Baku, Azerbaijan, 1 November 2000; in his left hand, he is holding a copy of

IRFS calls on Azerbaijan to immediately release Azadliq executive director Faig Amirli and to stop the harassment of the newspaper and its staff.

Kem Ley, 4 June, 2016, AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

On the one-year anniversary of the death of popular Cambodian activist Kem Ley, civil society organisations from around the world reiterated their call for an independent inquiry.

Pump jacks are silhouetted against the rising sun on an oilfield in Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 January 2013 , REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

“It was immediately after President Ilham Aliyev’s appointment of his wife Mehriban Aliyeva as the first vice-president of Azerbaijan that the authorities launched a large-scale repression against critics,” said IRFS.

The allegations regarding improper conduct of PACE members are serious, credible and risk gravely undermining the credibility of the Assembly, as well as the Council of Europe as a whole. It is essential that these allegations are investigated thoroughly and impartially.

A rally in Minsk, Belarus, 15 March 2017; the banner in the foreground reads

48 organisations from 24 countries have condemned the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.

Mehman Huseynov in his recording studio on 26 January 2017.

The undersigned organisations condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s sentencing of Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country’s leading freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety, to two years in jail on defamation charges. He was taken into custody from the court room, without being allowed to speak in […]