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Hamida Giyasbayli

Hamida had been exploiting herself in the peacebuilding field for 10 years when the war in Nagorno-Karabakh broke out. Now she is exploring journalism to pursue her passion for human rights. She cares about community action, social equity, refugees, and environmentalism. After living in 7 different countries, she has adopted a small puppy but still seems unlikely to settle down anytime soon.

Azerbaijani ‘hero general’ arrested over 2001 murder

Rovshan Akbarov Azerbaijani is accused of stabbing businessman Elchin Aliyev cafe in Kyiv in 2001.

Azerbaijani blogger stabbed in France after sister blackmailed with ‘intimate video’

French police allegedly warned Mirzali of a potential attack in advance. 

Azerbaijan leads South Caucasus in COVID-19 vaccinations

Azerbaijan has already managed to vaccinate over 400,000 people. 

Hackers target prominent Azerbaijani feminist with pornography

Narmin Shahmarzadeh's Facebook account has been seized by hackers, who have used it to post denigrating pornographic content. 

Baku Police detain women on International Women’s Day 

At least 25 people were detained, some being dragged away, as police moved in before a planned Women’s March got underway.

Azerbaijani rights lawyer Shahla Humbatova disbarred

Shahla Humbatova was one of the last remaining human rights lawyers in the country.

‘Sovetsky’ residents stage protest in Baku 

The protesters claim that they were insufficiently compensated, with some saying that they were violently forced from their homes. 

Voice | ‘I was kidnapped by my family’

Devran Ibrahimsoy, 25, did not receive his family’s support when he discovered his gender identity; after he fled to Baku, they even kidnapped him.

Leak targets prominent Azerbaijani feminist in run-up to Women’s Day 

The private Facebook conversations from Gulnara Mehdiyeva were published amidst an online campaign targeting women’s rights activists.

Health workers in Azerbaijan protest ‘exploitation’

Health workers from a state-run COVID-19 hospital in Baku demanding unpaid salaries.

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