Azerbaijan/Turkey: Arzu Geybullayeva, journalist and political analyst, threatened

English PEN shares PEN International’s concern at the news that journalist and political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva is being subjected to a growing campaign of intimidation for working for the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper Agos

According to PEN’s information, Arzu Geybullayeva has faced an increasing number of threats on social media following an interview with the Azerbaijani news site modern.az. The interview has prompted a series of hostile articles in the Azerbaijani media targeting Geybullayeva for working with Armenians and accusing her of treason. Geybullayeva has worked with a number of non-profit organisations aimed at promoting dialogue and reconciliation between the Azeri and Armenian peoples.

PEN condemns the threats against Geybullayeva and calls on both the Turkish and Azerbaijani authorities to ensure her safety and to investigate all threats of violence made against her.

For further background information, please visit the PEN International website.

Read Arzu Geybullayeva’s English language blog Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines.

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Please send appeals immediately:

  • Condemning the campaign of intimidation directed at Arzu Geybullayeva;
  • Calling on the Turkish and Azerbaijani authorities to investigate any threats of violence against her and to ensure her safety;
  • Reminding them that they have the obligation to safeguard Geybullayeva’s right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which they are both state parties.

A sample letter is available below, but please do write a more personal letter if you have time.

Appeals to:

Mr Ramil Usubov
Minister of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Azerbaijan
7 Husu Haliyev Street
Baku, Azerbaijan
AZ1001
Email: info@mia.gov.az

Mr Efkan Ala
Minister of Interior for the Republic of Turkey
T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı
Bakanlıklar
Ankara, Turkey
Email: efkan.ala@tbmm.gov.trozelkalem@icisleri.gov.tr
Twitter: @efkanala

His Excellency Mr Tahir Taghizade
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
4 Kensington Court
London
W8 5DL4
Fax: 020 7937 1783
Email: london@mission.mfa.gov.az

His Excellency Abdurrahman Bilgiç
Turkish Embassy
43 Belgrave Square
London
SW1X 8PA
Fax: 020 7393 9213
Email: embassy.london@mfa.gov.tr
Twitter: @TurkEmbLondon

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Your Excellency

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to raise my concerns for journalist and political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva.

According to PEN’s information, Arzu Geybullayeva has faced an increasing number of threats on social media following an interview with the Azerbaijani news site modern.az. The interview has reportedly prompted a series of hostile articles in the Azerbaijani media targeting Geybullayeva for working with Armenians and accusing her of treason.

I join PEN in condemning the threats against Geybullayeva and in calling on both the Turkish and Azerbaijani authorities to ensure her safety and to investigate all threats of violence made against her.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely

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