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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 doctor detained after warning of ‘mass infections’ in schools

The State Security Services have accused Ilaha Majidova of causing ‘confusion and unfounded concern’ in a viral audio message.

Families of war dead protest ‘flooded graves’ in Azerbaijan

The families of 17 soldiers from Baku’s Yasamal District have been protesting for weeks.

Seven years after the suicide of Isa Shakhmarli — little change for queer Azerbaijanis

For the past six years, Azerbaijan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community has marked 22 January as a day to fight homophobic hate.

Azerbaijan starts rolling out China’s Sinovac vaccine

Since the first case was registered in February, 227,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Azerbaijan, with almost 3,000 having passed away. 

Ex-head of Azerbaijan’s state media fund arrested ahead of controversial reforms 

The arrest came as Azerbaijan moves to introduce reforms to media regulation in the country that could put greater pressure on journalists.

Azerbaijan’s volunteers in the line of fire

When the Azerbaijani government could not take of the people living near the frontline, these women stepped in. 

Azerbaijani feminists roast MP over domestic violence comments

MP Razi Nurullayev cast doubt on the existence of gender-based violence and warned that equality ‘must not be abused to spread immorality in society.’

War from behind the lens: conflict reporting as an Azerbaijani IDP 

Shells, war crimes, and a belated homecoming, for Ahmad Mukhtar, reporting on the second Nagorno-Karabakh war was a deeply personal affair. 

Claims of false accusations dog Azerbaijan’s anti-COVID app

In one complaint, a TV presenter stated that the police misidentified her as a person who had unlawfully left her home while ill with the virus.