Human Rights Watch report urges Azerbaijan authorities to end continuing crackdown on govt. critics, lawyers & civil society
Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 24 October 2016
"Harassed, imprisoned, exiled: Azerbaijan’s continuing crackdown on government critics, lawyers, and civil society", 20 October 2016
The government of Azerbaijan continues to wage a vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices. The space for independent activism, critical journalism, and opposition political activity has been virtually extinguished by the arrests and convictions of many activists, human rights defenders, and journalists, as well as by laws and regulations restricting the activities of independent groups and their ability to secure funding. Independent civil society in Azerbaijan is struggling to survive...Based on more than 90 in-depth interviews with lawyers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), journalists, youth group members, political party activists, and relatives of these people, as well as detailed analysis of numerous laws and regulations pertaining to the work of NGOs, this report documents the government’s concerted efforts to paralyze civil society and punish those who criticize or challenge the government through prosecutions and legal and regulatory restrictions.