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Mehman Aliyev

HRD & Editor-in-chief
Turan İnformasiya Agentliyi (Turan Information Agency)

Mehman Aliyev is an Azerbaijani human rights defender and prominent journalist who documents corruption and human rights violations in Azerbaijan. Mehman Aliyev is the Chief Editor and Director of Turan İnformasiya Agentliyi (Turan Information Agency), an independent news agency which was founded in 1990 by a group of journalists who refused to work in the state media. Turan  Information Agency (also known as ‘Turan’) publishes analytical articles and news materials in Azerbaijani, Russian and in English.  

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.

Serious concern has been expressed in relation to the exercise of freedom of expression (including online), freedom of assembly and association. Despite mounting pressure from regional and international human rights bodies, the Government of Azerbaijan has failed to address any of the concerns raised. On the contrary, judicial harassment of journalists, editors and bloggers has been on the rise. There have been reports of increasing use of surveillance by intelligence services on human rights defenders.