A Georgian citizen of Azerbaijani descent on trial for fraud in Georgia has claimed that the charges against him are fabricated, and that his detention was orchestrated by the same group who he alleges abducted Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi on 29 May. [Read more…]
The trial of blogger Aleksandr Lapshin for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh has kicked off in Baku. Lapshin, a citizen of Russia, Ukraine, and Israel, was detained in Belarus on Azerbaijan’s request charged with ‘illegally crossing the border of Azerbaijan’ and ‘supporting separatism in public speeches’; he faces 8 years in prison if convicted. [Read more…]
Two civilians were killed and one injured in Azerbaijan on 4 July after an exchange of fire at the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan have traded accusations over who fired first.
On 2 April 2016, the Four-Day War began, and Azerbaijani troops moved into the village of Talish in Nagorno-Karabakh. One year on, only a couple of dozen men remain in Talish — their wives and children waiting to return and rebuild their lives.
The Haji Javad Mosque, located in the historical Sovetski area of Baku’s Yasamal District, was demolished overnight on 1 July, despite objections from locals, who were reportedly pushed away from the site by police. President Ilham Aliyev has dismissed the head of the district administration for making an ‘unauthorised decision’, Azerbaijani news outlet Trend reported.
The health condition of Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Tbilisi on 29 May and currently kept in a jail in Baku, has been getting worse and he has not been transferred to a hospital, Mukhtarli’s wife Leyla Mustafayeva told Tbilisi-based news outlet On.ge on 26 June. [Read more…]
Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Azerbaijani activist Bayram Mammadov, who was arrested on drug charges after painting controversial graffiti on a statue of Heydar Aliyev in Baku. Mammadov has began a hunger strike, Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayil has reported. [Read more…]
Members of Georgia’s parliamentary majority will meet with the interior minister to discuss Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted from Tbilisi to Baku on 29 May. Both countries have remained largely silent about the details of the abduction, and it is still unclear exactly how the self-exiled journalist ended up in Azerbaijan. [Read more…]
Georgian officials say they have asked Azerbaijan for access to Afgan Mukhtarli, the journalist abducted from Tbilisi who ended up in a Baku jail, after the EU Parliament called for answers and more than 200 journalists demanded his release. [Read more…]
The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) claims to have viewed doctored footage from the route journalists Afgan Mukhtarli says he took the night he was abducted from Tbilisi to Azerbaijan. According to them, the footage, which appears to show that Mukhtarli was lying about his whereabouts that night, has been doctored. [Read more…]