Azerbaijan releases jailed journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to Germany

first_img News Receive email alerts News News June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan March 23, 2020 Azerbaijan releases jailed journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to Germany to go further Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Crédit : DR. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the news of investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli’s release from prison in Azerbaijan and his safe arrival in Germany. Mukhtarli was abducted from Georgia in 2017 and brought back to his native country Azerbaijan, where he was sentenced to six years in prison in early 2018. On 17 March, a Baku court ordered his release and he was finally reunited with his wife and child in Berlin later that day. RSF had advocated intensely for Mukhtarli’s release ever since his abduction.”We thank all those who worked tirelessly for Afgan Mukhtarli’s release and departure from Azerbaijan,” said RSF Germany’s executive director Christian Mihr, who was among those greeting the journalist upon his arrival at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport. He also emphasized the importance of working for the release of all other journalists still imprisoned in Azerbaijan. “Afgan Mukhtarli’s release cannot conceal the brutality employed by president Ilham Aliyev against many more journalists who have denounced the regime’s corruption, nepotism and human rights violations. While this case may be unusually dramatic, it is also indicative of the merciless repression of media freedoms in Azerbaijan.”Fled to Georgia after threats and abducted from thereMukhtarli and his wife, journalist Leyla Mustafayeva, had fled to neighboring Georgia in 2015 after receiving threats in Azerbaijan for their investigations into government corruption. Like many other critics of the Aliyev regime, they were hoping to find safety in Georgia’s liberal-leaning capital Tbilisi. In the Fall of 2016, Mukhtarli turned to RSF for support after Georgia’s authorities refused to issue a residence permit for his wife, quoting concerns for the country’s safety. On 29 May 2017, Mukhtarli was brutally kidnapped near his Tbilisi home. His abductors stuffed 10,000 euros into his pockets at the Azerbaijani border. On 12 January 2018, a court in Balakan then sentenced Mukhtarli to six years in prison on trumped up charges of smuggling, crossing the border illegally and refusing to comply with police instructions.His wife and daughter left Georgia in late 2017, after they began receiving threats themselves. With the support of RSF, Mustafayeva successfully applied for political asylum in Germany. Despite calls by local civil society for a full investigation, Georgia has never provided a conclusive explanation for the possible role played by Georgian authorities in Mukhtarli’s abduction. While in prison in Azerbaijan, authorities isolated Mukhtarli by limiting visits and alienating him from his fellow inmates. On 20 September 2019, his lawyer was searched by police upon entering Mukhtarli’s cell and was locked up for 45 minutes, while prison guards seized and read his notes. Mukhtarli began a hunger-strike, to protest the ill-treatment by police of himself and his lawyer.Azerbaijan ranks 166th out of 180 countries on RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. The country’s leading critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked and at least five journalists are currently in prison. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Badminton on Way to SCC Title

first_imgSports Badminton on Way to SCC Title By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Monday, March 9, 2015 | 1:45 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Noemi Diaz leaps for a shot during PCC’s win at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday, image by Richard QuintonSometimes the second meeting between a pair of rivals dictates the true difference between one competitive team and another. So when the Pasadena City College women’s badminton team zipped through a 20-1 home win over East Los Angeles Friday, it’s clear that the Lancers are the class of the South Coast Conference this season.PCC is 4-0 under rookie head coach Jennifer Ho and even with eight SCC matches left, the Lancers have already put on a dominating display against the conference’s other three teams. PCC is 66-2 in individual singles and doubles play matches.Ho has tried different lineups to keep her team from getting complacent. In this match, No. 1 player Rebecca Tzou topped ELAC’s No. 1 Chuyan Lao, 21-8, 21-8, and No. 2 Cova Mak, 21-5, 21-1. At No. 2, sophomore Karina Bustillos suffered PCC’s lone defeat, a 21-17, 21-12 loss to Lao, and beat Mak, 21-18, 21-6.“Karina usually plays lower ladder, so this was an opportunity to improve her game against some better competition,” Ho said. “She played well and so did Noemi Diaz, who has made some big leaps as a player.”Diaz, at No. 6 singles, rallied from 1-0 down to win her match v. LiTing Wu, 9-21, 21-19, 21-17, and she defeated No. 5 Catherine Vong, 21-8, 21-16. Other singles winners were No. 3 Eugenia Mendez, No. 4 Priscilla Lam, and No. 5 Thu Nguyen. The trio all won in sweeps.In doubles, Tzou teamed with Zin Win Maw at No. 1 and they downed Huskies’ No. 1 Lao-Mak, 21-9, 21-7, and the No. 2 Mei Mei-Phyliss Ho, 21-4, 21-3. At No. 2 doubles, Mendez and Carmina Ortiz won 21-4, 21-7 and 21-3, 21-5. The No. 3 team were sophomore twins Yingwen and Yinghong Lin, who won their match over Vong-Wu, 21-7, 21-8.PCC plays today at the Coast Conference Tournament at Skyline College in Northern California (San Bruno). Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Community News Business News Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

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