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Alert created on: 05 Jun 2017 n° 62/2017 Azerbaijan

Freelance Journalist, Nijat Amiraslanov, Sentenced to 30 Days Imprisonment

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On 22 May 2017 freelance journalist, Nijat Amiraslanov, known for his critical reports for local and regional media about poverty in the region and corruption among local officials, was detained in the Gazakh region of north-western Azerbaijan.

On 23 May 2017 Amiraslanov appeared before Gazakh Regional Court, which found him guilty under Article 535.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences (‘disobeying police orders’) and sentenced him to 30 days’ administrative arrest.

According to reports by the Turan news agency in Azerbaijan, human rights activist, Bashir Suleymanly, believes that Amiraslanov was detained as a result of recent posts he has made on social media which are critical of the Azerbaijani authorities.
22 Jun 2017
On 22 June 2017 Nijat Amiraslanov was released at the end of the administrative detention.
09 Jun 2017
On 3 June 2017, Nijat Amiraslanov appeared before the Gazakh district court of appeal. According to his lawyer, Amiraslanov was forced to retract his appeal against the court’s decision sentencing him to administrative arrest. He was reportedly submitted to torture during his detention.
12 Dec 2019
In her report following her visit to Azerbaijan from 8 to 12 July 2019, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights regrets that no progress has been made regarding the protection of freedom of expression and calls on the authorities to release all those detained because of the views they expressed, notably journalists.

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Nijat Amiraslanov

A freelance journalist believed to have been arrested in retaliation his critical reporting on poverty and local corruption in Gazakh region as well as a number of posts on social media.
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