Letters from an Azerbaijan Jail
Years active: 2014-2015
IWPR presents a series of letters written by political prisoners in Azerbaijan. More and more leading human rights defenders, opposition party members and independent journalists are being arrested, tried and jailed for a range of ostensibly non-political offences – a tactic which allows the authorities to insist both that there is no political motivation and that the individuals concerned are common criminals. Prosecutions are designed to discredit those accused personally and government critics more generally.
These letters will show that independent thinking carries on even when people are locked away, and to focus wider international attention on the state of civil and political liberties in Azerbaijan.
Political prisoner tells the life story of a young cellmate who spent his teenage years living homeless on the streets of Baku.
Defendants spend a lot of time shuttling between court hearings and detention centres.
LGBT activist's suicide a year ago can be seen as an act of courage in a world of hypocrisy.
Jailed reporter Seymur Hezi realises he is in the same Azerbaijani prison as top female journalist Khadija Ismayil.
Political prisoner deemed “workshy” as pretext for turning down his application for release.
Political prisoner meets an innocent abroad.
A political prisoner reflects on psychology and power relationships among his fellow inmates.
An Azerbaijani opposition figure reflects on the quality of state TV seen from inside a detention cell.