The US State Department banned a Bulgarian judge from entering the country on Wednesday because he was allegedly involved in “significant corruption,” said Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Authorities in Serbia and Montenegro have in the past five years solved only four out of 83 murders that appear to be gang-related, Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, said Monday.
Authorities turned away activists and journalists attempting to visit imprisoned OCCRP partner Khadija Ismayilova on Monday, according to Voice of America (VoA).
In a Jan. 28 letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, US Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) said that the continued detention of OCCRP reporter Khadija Ismayilova and other journalists would “harm relations between our two countries,” according to Radio Free Europe.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku office has officially closed.
Azerbaijani officials linked to human rights abuses should be subject to targeted sanctions by the United States, according to an open letter signed by a group of non-governmental organizations, former diplomats and activists.
Turkish police have arrested three men in connection with the murder of Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov, who was shot and killed in Istanbul last Thursday.
Azerbaijan's president has signed a law that makes it easier to shut down independent media outlets that receive foreign funding.
An Azerbaijani court has extended the pre-trial detention of Khadija Ismayilova, the Radio Free Europe and OCCRP journalist.
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