Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS)

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

Azerbaijan: Journalist and her daughter threatened over trial coverage

On 8 May, freelance journalist Ayten Mammadova was threatened by a knife-wielding man in the elevator of her apartment block. The man demanded that she stop writing about a trial she was covering, and warned that if she didn’t he would ‘deal’ with her daughter.

COVID-19: Azerbaijan should end attacks on free expression and release political prisoners

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

Azerbaijan calls snap general election whilst cracking down on rights

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 "Azadliq" and other opposition papers, Reuters

IRFS condemns “politically-motivated” verdict against “Azadliq” executive director Faig Amirli

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

Pressure mounts on Cambodia a year after Kem Ley’s killing

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

Azerbaijan crackdown on media becomes dramatically more brutal

“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.

Investigate corruption allegations linking PACE and Azerbaijan

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 "We aren't parasites", AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Wave of detentions must end, organisations stress in letter to Belarus president

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.