Stories about Azerbaijan
According to local media reports, police started rounding up members of the party and other attendees hours ahead of the scheduled rally.
When at least four journalists remain behind bars, independent and opposition websites are blocked, and censorship prevails in Azerbaijan, there is little cause for celebration on this day.
Hafizli's sparked a public outcry on social media platforms, with many activists criticizing Azerbaijan's history of inaction when addressing hate crimes, specifically those targeting marginalized groups in the country.
Hailed by its proponents as the reform bill, its impact on the media freedom and independence in Azerbaijan is going to be extensive, critics of the law say.
Access has been on and off since clashes broke out on September 27.
Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.
Emin Aslan had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.
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Legal reforms restricting online speech seem to threaten everyone but the ruling elite of Azerbaijan.
"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."
Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.
"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."
One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.
"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."
"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."
"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.
"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."
"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."
"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."
Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.