[Azerbaijan] Writer Akram Aylisli under threat

A highly regarded novelist, Akram Aylisli, has had his life put in danger in recent days as angry protestors have gathered outside his home, burning copies of his book, and an opposition figure issued threats against him. The source of the outcry is Aylisli’s novel, Stone Dreams, set in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, and which provides a sympathetic view of Armenians in the conflict. English PEN fears for Akram Aylisli’s security, and joins PEN International in calling on the Azerbaijani authorities to guarantee his safety and that of his family. We are also urging the authorities to investigate and prosecute any person who has threatened him.

For more details, please visit the PEN International website.


Please Send Appeals

Please write immediately in Azerbaijani or your own language:

  • Protesting the threats against Akram Aylisli and urging the Azerbaijani authorities to provide him and has family with protection against attack;
  • Calling for an investigation into any person threatening Aylisli and that those found responsible be brought to prosecution.

Appeals to:

President Ilham Aliyev   
Office of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic
18 Istiqlaliyyat Street, 
Fax: +994 12 492 0625
Email: office@pa.gov.az
Salutation: Dear President

His Excellency Fakhraddin Gurbanov
4 Kensington Court
W8 5DL
Email: london@mission.mfa.gov.az
Salutation: Your Excellency


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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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