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Azerbaijani blogger released from prison but still banned from exiting country

Azerbaijani blogger released from prison but still banned from exiting country
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09 April 2019 - 21:25

Blogger and former prisoner of conscience Mehman Huseynov was not allowed out of Azerbaijan earlier today.

He intended to fly from Baku to Berlin in order to participate in several conferences, including a conference by the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

Huseynov was only informed earlier this morning that he is not allowed to leave the country. The reason behind the ban was not explained to him, Turan reports.

Huseynov served a full two-year term and, having been released, received a passport. No new charges have been made against him since then, thus there should be no legal basis for a ban on him leaving the country.

What is Azerbaijan’s no-fly list?

The no-fly list contains individuals who for one reason or another have been forbidden from leaving Azerbaijan. The constantly updated list can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

However, individuals who make their way onto the list are not informed in advance, and as a rule, people find out about the list only when trying to leave the country.

At the moment, the ban on exit applies, for example, to several journalists who have collaborated with Meydan TV. They have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, which found in their favour and ruled that the state compensate them.

The government of Azerbaijan has not taken any measures yet.

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