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

News story: Civil news: escape cases appeals and evidence requirements

first_imgWe have developed a new provider form which you can use when submitting appeals for escape case assessments for controlled work matters.What are the benefits? standardised layout for appeal submission which is clear and easy to complete decisions against each item appealed recorded on the same form making process easier to follow speedier decisions from the LAA and adjudicators, reducing waiting times for decisions Evidence requirements streamlinedWe’re also relaxing the requirement that the appeal must be accompanied by the full file of papers.Instead, providers can choose what relevant information and documents in support they want considered to support their appeal narrative. Examples include attendance notes, disbursement vouchers.Providers can still choose to submit an entire case file to support their appeal which we will process.If an appeal is sent to the independent adjudicator the supporting documents or full file will continue to be sent to the adjudicator.Electronic appealsIf providers do not need to send the full file of papers in support of the appeal we confirm that we are happy to accept appeals and supporting documents by email. This includes scanned documents.We can support emailed appeals with attachments up to 8MB.Voluntary processCompletion of the new form is voluntary and we recommend providers use it. But you can submit electronic appeals and take advantage of the streamlined evidence requirements without using the new form.There are no changes to the way appeals are processed.Further informationEscaped cases appeal pro forma – to download new [email protected] – to email for advice0151 235 6750 – urgent enquiries onlylast_img read more