January 26, 2013
A growth of political and social tension in Azerbaijan has been observed in recent days. On Wednesday 23 January 2013 the town of Ismayilli was shaken with protests and on Saturday 26 January hundreds of people demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests across the country. The social unrest was triggered by widespread corruption.
The Baku assembly was brutally dispersed by the police and around 40 demonstrators were arrested. Among them, the prominent blogger Emin Milli, the human rights defender and Rafto Price winner Malahat Nasibova, the human rights lawyer Intigam Alieyev, as well as the investigative journalist and Fritt Ord Foundation and ZEIT Foundation winner Khadija Ismayilova.
After a couple of hours 10 detainees were released without fines and often found themselves in remote areas around Baku city, among them Intigam Alieyev and Malahat Nasibova. Others were fined for taking part in an illegal demonstration, among them Khadija […]