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Guilty of defending rights: Azerbaijan’s human rights defenders and activists behind bars

The Azerbaijani authorities have introduced measures restricting NGO registration, and therefore the ability of NGOs to operate within the law, and access to international funds…[H]uman rights defenders, journalists and civil society activists have faced criminal investigations, raids and confiscation of their equipment, and finally arrest and imprisonment on trumped up charges…Award-winning Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova…was arrested…Khadija Ismayilova was investigating claims of links between President Ilham Aliyev’s family and a lucrative construction project in Baku…