Today, in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, Emin Milli, one of the country’s best known bloggers will have spent the eleventh day of a 15-day prison sentence served against him by a court that took only minutes to convict him. He had been arrested for joining a peaceful protest held on 26 January to demonstrate against heavy handed policing of another demonstration three days earlier. English PEN joins PEN International in protesting his arrest, and the persistent use of brief detentions, fines and harassment against other journalists in an attempt to discourage them from critical reporting.
For further information, please visit the PEN International website.
- Protesting the arrest of Emin Milli, as well as the harassment and fines against other journalists and human rights defenders;
- Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all those detained in Azerbaijan in violation of their right to free expression.
President Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic
18 Istiqlaliyyat Street,
Baku AZ1066, AZERBAIJAN
Fax: +994 12 492 0625
His Excellency Fakhraddin Gurbanov
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
4 Kensington Court
Support Azerbaijani Activists in Administrative Detention
A dedicated Facebook group, ‘Support Azerbaijani Activists in Administrative Detention‘, has been set up in support of Emin Milli and a number of people who were detained following the protest in Baku on 26 January and features regular updates and calls to action.