Torture in Azerbaijan: Europe seems away | EUROtoday

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In the run-up to February 7 presidential elections, repression has elevated in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic within the Caucasus that borders Iran and Armenia. Any opposition to President Ilham Aliyev is silenced. Human rights activists, journalists and political opponents are on the receiving finish of the regime’s wrath each day. Our reporters Karina Chabour and Roméo Langlois met victims of torture who’re denouncing a violent system of repression. They additionally seemed into the Council of Europe’s ambiguous hyperlinks to the regime in Baku.

In November 2023, a number of journalists and a member of the executive crew from Abzas, a web-based investigative media specialising in human rights in Azerbaijan, have been arrested by the nation’s authorities. Just a few days later, Forbidden Stories, a global consortium of investigative journalists, introduced that it was persevering with Abzas’s work.

As a part of a consortium of French and worldwide media organisations, RFI and FRANCE 24 are persevering with the imprisoned journalists’ investigations into corruption by the Azerbaijani authorities. The work is being revealed by a dozen associate media retailers.

Forbidden Stories is a global community of journalists whose mission is to pursue the investigations of journalists who’ve been murdered, threatened or imprisoned. Since its creation in 2017, greater than 150 journalists and 60 media retailers have taken half within the collaborative investigations coordinated by Forbidden Stories, together with “The Rafael Project”, “Story Killers” and “The Pegasus Project”.

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