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2021, 03 Avqust, çərşənbə axşamı, Bakı vaxtı 06:27

Rights Activist In Hiding

Azerbaijan – Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) chairman Emin Huseynov visits youth activist Adnan Hajizade at prison, Apr2010

February 11, Swiss Radio Television show "Rundschau" revealed information on Emin Huseynov's whereabouts. According to the outlet, Huseynov has been in hiding since August at the Swiss Embassy in Baku.

Huseynov headed the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS), leading media rights organization. The Institute was forced to shut down when in August, police raided the office of IRFS, confiscating all its equipment and calling into questioning all of the Institute's staff.

Since the raid, Emin Huseynov, 35, has been in hiding trying to avoid the trumped up charges some other prominent rights defenders, activists and advocates like Intigam Aliyev, Rasul Jafarov, Leyla and Arif Yunus, Anar Ammadli and Bashir Suleymanli are currently facing. Most of them are charged with tax evasion, illegal business, and abuse of authority.

Huseynov's younger brother, Mehman Huseynov was too subject to endless questioning attempts by the local police and was briefly arrested in 2012 and 2014. In their last attempt, the authorities annulled Mehman's documents including his passport and national identification card.

There is an on-going behind the closed door negotiation on the case of Emin Huseynov and his status but his future remains unknown.