On 21 May 2015 Kate Watters and Sergey Solyanik of Crude Accountability were denied permission to visit Evgeny Vitishko, an environmental activist wrongly imprisoned in Penal Colony No. 2 in Sadovaya, Russia.
The arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov sent congratulations to his colleagues on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. He called on the Azerbaijani authorities to release civil society activists from prison.
On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, international organisations called upon the Head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, to help end the cycle of impunity for attacks on those who exercise their right to free expression in Russia.
On 23 October, at a closed session Nasimi district court heard the petition of the Prosecutor’s Office requesting to extend the term of pretrial detention of human rights defender Rasul Jafarov for three more months.
Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, and the Center for National and International Studies (CNIS) are gravely concerned at the unprecedented crackdown on civil society and democratic freedoms in Azerbaijan.