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Ilgar Nasibov

Ilgar Nasibov

HRD, Journalist
Democracy and NGO Development Resource Centre

Ilgar Nasibov and his wife, Ms Malahat Nasibova, have been outspoken journalists in Nakhichevan and have worked for the Democracy and NGO Development Resource Centre, which defends victims of human rights violations and investigates police abuses.

The space for human rights defenders (HRDs) and NGOs has been steadily shrinking in Azerbaijan. A number of legislative amendments have been adopted in recent years that restrict the work of HRDs and put their activities under strict governmental control. The roundup of the most prominent HRDs and their subsequent trials and imprisonment indicate that Azerbaijan is well on the road towards authoritarianism, seemingly adopting a Russian-style contempt of civil society.