Dutch journalist of Azerbaijani origin still stuck in Ukraine, despite ruling

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceCouncil of Europe June 8, 2021 Find out more April 6, 2018 Dutch journalist of Azerbaijani origin still stuck in Ukraine, despite ruling Organisation RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Ukrainian prosecutors to comply with a court order and return the passport of Fikret Huseynli, a Dutch journalist of Azerbaijani origin who until now has been unable to leave Ukraine and return to the Netherlands because of an extradition request by Azerbaijan.A Kiev district court ruled on 2 April that no further restrictions should be placed on Huseynli’s movements and that he should be returned the passport that a prosecutor, Serhei Ostapets, confiscated immediately prior to the hearing.Despite the court’s decision, the prosecutor’s office has still not returned Huseynli’s passport to him and, worse still, continues to consider Azerbaijan’s request for his extradition.“The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office must immediately comply with the court’s decision, give Fikret Huseynli back his passport, and allow him to return to the Netherlands,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “To continue persecuting him would constitute proof of active complicity with Azerbaijan.”Well-known as a journalist in Azerbaijan, Huseynli fled in 2008 to the Netherlands, where he obtained political asylum and then, in 2014, Dutch citizenship. He now heads the Amsterdam bureau of Turan TV, an Azerbaijani TV channel run by Azerbaijani exiles that is critical of President Ilham Aliyev’s government.Arrested in Kiev on 14 October 2017 as a result of an Interpol red notice issued at Azerbaijan’s request, he was released conditionally two weeks later. On 13 February, a Kiev appeal court rejected the international warrant for his arrest, but the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has repeatedly tried, without success, to have him detained again.RSF wrote to prosecutor-general Yuriy Lutsenko in mid-March asking him to reject the extradition request and to allow Huseynli to return to the Netherlands, but no action has so far been taken in response to RSF’s letter. Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.The Aliyev government has done everything possible to crush media pluralism in recent years, throttling all of the most outspoken media outlets financially or closing them by force. At least 12 journalists and two bloggers are currently detained in connection with their reporting. UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceCouncil of Europe News Credit: Hromadske TV to go further Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

NAFCU Annual Conference canceled

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Vancouver, Canada continue reading »center_img As cases of coronavirus continue to rise and uncertainty remains, NAFCU has canceled its 53rd Annual Conference and Solutions Expo, scheduled to take place June 23-26 in Vancouver, Canada. NAFCU’s executives meet daily to discuss the pandemic and are taking steps to ensure credit unions remain safe, operational, and informed of developments.Registered attendees have been notified of the cancellation via email, which contains additional information on how to transfer conference registrations or obtain a refund, and how to proceed with canceling hotel and flight reservations.Please contact [email protected] with any questions.Although the conference has been canceled, NAFCU’s Annual Business Meeting will still take place in June at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., and via a virtual format. More details will be sent to members soon.last_img read more