Brussels, 01/09/2015

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the sentencing of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

The sentence of seven and half years handed down today to prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova by an Azerbaijani Court is a sign of the difficult situation faced by independent journalists in Azerbaijan.
The trial raised fundamental questions on the impartiality of the court and the legality of the accusation, as witnessed by the international monitors who were present during the trial. Their access as well as access for national observers was, as in similar cases, irregular and arbitrary, despite regular requests.
We call on Azerbaijan authorities to review her case in a transparent and fair process, in full respect of the country's international commitments, including on media freedom.