International Bar Association report on Azerbaijan highlights unfair trials in freedom of expression cases

06 May 2014 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 1 May, the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association launched its report, Freedom of Expression on Trial, in Baku, Azerbaijan. The report highlights serious deficiencies in trials involving journalists and bloggers in Azerbaijan and calls on the Aliyev government to take steps to ensure effective fair trial guarantees.

Eric Metcalfe was the author of the report and rapporteur of the IBAHRI’s fact-finding mission to Baku in December 2013. He returned to Azernbaijan to speak at the report’s launch.

Click here to read the report and to see a short video summary of its findings and recommendations.