Leading journalists and activists arrested at protest, mistreated

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the arrest of many leading journalists and netizens during a demonstration in Baku on 26 January, and the mistreatment to which they were subjected before being released.“There seems to be no limit to the Aliyev regime’s contempt for fundamental freedoms,” Reporters Without Borders Christophe Deloire said. “The brutal treatment of leading figures in the fight for human rights and freedom of information was unacceptable and was clearly an act of personal revenge designed to teach a lesson. The authorities are trying to suppress and deter criticism by silencing those who often condemn the woeful human rights situation.“Coming just days after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rejected a resolution on Azerbaijan’s political prisoners, this new blow to the country’s civil society shows that the authorities think they can act with complete impunity.“The international community must urgently come to its senses and make the Azerbaijani government understand that such behaviour is incompatible with its membership of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and its association with the European Union.”Around 100 demonstrators were detained when the security forces dispersed the 26 January demonstration in Baku, which had been called to protest against the violent crackdown on a riot a few days earlier in Ismailly, 200 km west of the capital.As well as members of such opposition groups as the Popular Front, Musavat and NIDA, those detained included well-known journalists such as Khadija Ismayilova and Shahveled Chobanoglu, leading bloggers such as Emin Milli, Zaur Gurbanli and Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, and two journalists and human rights activists from the isolated region of Nakhchivan, Malahat Nasibova and Ilgar Nasibov. Mursel Aliyev, the head of the Telebe.az news website, and Zaur Rasulzadeh, a reporter for the 1News.az news portal, were also arrested.Wearing press vests or showing press cards did not spare other journalists, who were there to cover the event, from being the victims of violence by plain-clothes policemen.The police continued to act with brutality after the protest was dispersed, discharging tear-gas inside a truck that was taking about 30 detainees, including Nasibova and Nasibov, to a police station. Because the windows were closed, many people felt ill, including the driver, who caused an accident.An ambulance had to be summoned to police station No. 37 in the district of Khatai, where detainees were held for four hours. Other demonstrators were taken to police stations in the districts of Nasimi and Sabail.Most were released with a verbal warning. But some of the best-known detainees were punished under a new law on illegal demonstrations that is based on Russian legislation. Milli was sentenced to 15 days in prison, along with three opposition activists. Hajiyev was fined 600 manats (570 euros) while Ismayilova was fined 400 manats (380 euros).While the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was in session last week in Strasbourg, a number of journalists and activists attended it to draw attention to the violation of civil liberties in Azerbaijan. The session ended on 23 January with the adoption of a resolution on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan but the assembly rejected a specific resolution on Azerbaijan’s political prisoners.Join the group “Support Azerbaijani Activists in Administrative Detention” on Facebook!(Picture: AFP / Tofik Babayev) to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Receive email alerts RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia January 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading journalists and activists arrested at protest, mistreated AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more News April 9, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Wisconsin enters final weekend of regular season

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team is ready to leave it all on the court.Returning home for its final matches of the regular season, Wisconsin (12-10, 3-5 Big Ten) will host Iowa (6-13, 3-5 Big Ten) Saturday and Illinois (9-10, 5-3 Big Ten) Sunday.After a confidence building 4-3 win at Penn State last weekend, the Badgers are looking to end the season on a high note.“It was a pretty exciting match so we’re still kind of talking about it,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “The momentum thing is basically what you make of it. We have momentum, now what we have to do is go out on Saturday against Iowa and use the positive experience we had at State College and believe that we can beat Iowa. That’s basically it. There’s no secrets now at this end of the season. Everybody knows everybody – weaknesses and strengths.”With only two more matches until the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers are hoping for a successful weekend to help carry even more momentum into the postseason.Being back at home gives UW a perfect opportunity to continue its success.“I think it’s a great advantage for us,” senior Jessica Seyferth said. “We’re more comfortable here. We want to defend our own home turf. We’re just motivated to win, it’s the last hurrah at the end of the regular conference, so we’re going to leave everything we on the court we have.”Seyferth is the only senior on the squad this season. With the final home match Sunday, the team will honor her and hopes to end her career on a high note.Seyferth’s doubles partner, sophomore Hannah Berner, wants nothing more than a win for Seyferth.“I think I’m going to get emotional,” Berner said. “She’s one of my close friends and I look up to her a lot. She’s had a great career so far and we’ve had a really impressive doubles season. I really want to just show her off at the end of the day and have a great time. At least have fun this last weekend to finalize her career.”Despite the special weekend at home, Fleishman wants to make sure his team stays focused.“You don’t want to change up the routine, Fleishman said. “You don’t want to change up how we prepare going into the matchup.”While the Badgers picked up an uplifting win over Penn State last weekend, they lost the doubles point. Having to rely heavily on the singles matches to get them the win isn’t the position they want to face in any matchup.Heading into the weekend, the Badgers are focusing on winning that doubles point and also finding ways to get ahead in singles play rather than having to play catch up throughout the match.“At this time in the season it’s same old, same old,” Fleishman said. “We’re working on some doubles, trying to get stronger in doubles, trying to get more confident. Also working on singles, trying to dictate the points early as opposed to just being defensive.”Wisconsin feels confident about its chances this weekend despite the losses it has collected through the Big Ten season so far.“I don’t want to reveal any strategies,” Berner said. “It’s all about who wants it more at the end of the day with these teams because the Big Ten is really kind of balanced. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Whichever team shows up that day is going to take it. We can take both matches this weekend. For sure, we have a chance.”last_img read more