Students, Journalists and Observers “Attacked” in Azerbaijani Parliament Elections

Updated: May 12, 2020

Reports from Azerbaijan indicate that on February 9, 2020, journalists and election observers were attacked during Azerbaijan’s snap parliamentary elections.

The election was held after the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, which had a strong majority in parliament already, announced in late November they intended to dissolve parliament and call an election to aid the ‘reforms led by President Ilham Aliev.’

Footage of an election monitor and law student, Zhala Bayramova being attacked at an election polling station in Azerbaijan on February 9th

Students, journalists, and observers in several polling stations in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, as well as in the southern city of Lankaran, reported being physically prevented from filming. A published video shows Zhala Bayramova, a law student and a local election observer, being strangled and beaten by a woman in civilian clothes.

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