Amal Clooney on human rights in Azerbaijan

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, is representing award-winning Azerbaijan reporter Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights.

Ms Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, was jailed 18 months ago.

“I’ve represented many journalists in the court, by this case really moved me,” Amal Clooney said speaking to the BBC.

“I found her a very courageous, inspirational woman, working in a country, where she knew very well the consequences of being a reporter,” the lawyer siad.

“The fact that the government of Azerbaijan, a Council of Europe member country,  put her behind the bars, because they didn’t want her to tell the truth, made me very angry, and I thought I could do something to help her,” Clooney said.


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