Azerbaijan an unsung kingdom of Ilham Aliyev has remained world’s worst open prison for being a journalist.
The tyrant leadership of Aliyev’s presidency has lead country into severe crisis of human rights. Journalists are kept under constant monitoring and under vigil. Whether it is online social media / emails / even a simple reporting on a particular issue comes under the brutal scissors of the government.
The brutal assault on Idrak Abbasov has once again exposed the ground reality of how the journalists and other media agencies work in Azerbaijan. The crisis of being free and live free are of the most acute nature where journalists are not only threatened but also face violent attacks and in even worst scenario death or life long imprisonment where in jails they face mal treatment, sexual abuse and much more heinous acts which are being committed by Aliyev regime.
The families of journalists too face the wrath of government agencies or even public enterprises just like the one in case of Idrak Abbasov whose house was bulldozed by the national oil company Global Energy Azerbaijan Ltd and SOCAR. In the cases like these families, relatives are also barred from taking them to hospital for medical treatment or even visiting them in jail.
The international community in particular western countries who act as global advocates of human rights and democracy have also turned blind eye towards the worsening situation in Azerbaijan and the atrocities being committed by the country’s premier Ilham Aliyev.
Is the oil for the world so important and valuable that human lives needs to compromised for it. Is the thirst of developed and growing economies is so necessary that the people strife for freedom and justice has become dwarfed. Azerbaijan sits on the most lucrative Caspian oil fields and shares the major chunk of the total available. The business of oil has now overshadowed the voice of crying people who wants peace, freedom and justice against the crimes which are being committed by this tyrant leader of this Central Asian republic.
Is the blood and sacrifices of the people of Azerbaijan is cheaper than the people of Libya and Syria. With the diplomatic stand of Western lobby towards Azerbaijan and the cooperation with the autocratic leader Ilham Aliyev has been proven that the world just work for money and the governments who says and speak about democracy and human rights are just false illusions of once real life dream.
As the power of money and resource has always been heavier than the plight of those who compromise their lives for their freedom; the case of Azerbaijan and the Journalists who are struggling for truth and justice for their people has been following on the deaf ears of those who just want to quench their thirst of oil rather taking a stand as the global leader which they propound to show the world. Just like when Idrak Abbasov was awarded with the Guardian journalism prize at the Index on Censorship free expression awards for his brave reporting and for standing up to state intimidation in Azerbaijan said “Listing the threats of detention and harassment Azerbaijani journalists face, Abbasov said at the Index awards:
This is the price that my colleagues in Azerbaijan are paying for the right of the Azerbaijani people to know the truth about what is happening in their country. For the sake of this right we accept that our lives are in danger, as are the lives of our families.
But the goal is worth it, since the right to truth is worth more than a life without truth.”
It is true as one of the assailant reportedly said: “Tell Idrak to get smarter or we will cut off his ears.”