Justice Demanded for Journalist Tortured in Prison in Azerbaijan

Civil Rights Defenders together with 18 International Human Rights Organisations from the Sport for Rights coalition have strongly condemned the abduction and torture of journalist Mehman Huseynov and immediately calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to comprehensively investigate the case and to take action against those responsible.

Mehman Huseynov, one of Azerbaijan’s top political bloggers and Chairman of the local press freedom group, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), the country’s leading press freedom group was abducted in Central Baku during the evening of Monday, 9 January.

He was accosted by unknown assailants who pushed him into an awaiting vehicle and drove away. The following day it emerged that Huseynov had been apprehended by unidentified police agents and tortured while in custody having been blind folded and suffocated with a bag.

Even though the District Court released him on January 10, where he was tried on charges of disobeying the police, he received a fine of approximately 100 Euros.

You can read the full statement by clicking on the following link Mehman Huseynov

For more information, please contact: 
In Stockholm, Michael Runey, Programme Officer for the Eurasia Department (English) at michael.runey@crd.org

Supporting organisations:

  • ARTICLE 19
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • English PEN
  • FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights
  • Front Line Defenders
  • Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
  • Human Rights House Foundation
  • IFEX
  • Index on Censorship
  • International Media Support
  • International Partnership for Human Rights
  • Netherlands Helsinki Committee
  • Norwegian Helsinki Committee
  • PEN America
  • PEN International
  • People in Need
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)


For further information on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan please click here to view the Country Report compiled by Civil Rights Defenders.

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Azerbaijan, Freedom of expression, Freedom of Speech, and Mehman Huseynov.
Regions: Azerbaijan.