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Azerbaijan: Physical Attack on Human Rights Defender Ms Gunay Ismayilova

On 26 January 2015, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

Ms Gunay Ismayilova is a media lawyer and deputy chair of the Institute for Reporter’s Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 2006 with the aim of supporting journalists and freedom of the media in Azerbaijan. In August 2014, her bank accounts were frozen and a travel ban was issued against her, as a part of general crackdown on local NGOs, even though no legal charges have been brought against her.

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