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Azerbaijan: Intensified Crackdown

Expand Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is brought to the court after he has been abducted in Georgia and forcibly taken to neighboring Azerbaijan where he was detained in custody. 31 May, 2017.  © 2017 Azadliq Radiosu/RFERL (Berlin) – The Azerbaijani government sentenced at least 25 journalists and political and youth activists to long prison terms in politically motivated, unfair trials in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Draconian laws and regulations on nongovernmental organizations made it almost impossible for independent groups to fund and carry out…

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