Khadija Ismayilova Released From Custody 25.05.2016

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Khadija Ismayilova’s seven-and-a-half year sentence for corruption prompted international outrage and her cause was taken up by rights lawyer Amal Clooney with Nani Jansen.

Critics argue she was singled out for investigating businesses close to the family of President Ilham Aliyev.

The court commuted her sentence to a suspended three-and-a-half year term.

Ismayilova later told the BBC she would fight on to clear her name: “They dropped two charges and two charges are still remaining. I’m still convicted on illegal entrepreneurship and tax evasion and I haven’t been doing any entrepreneurship.

“The charges are false and illegal. So, I will of course go further to get them dropped as well.”

Ismayilova added that, despite appearances, the Azeri government was not softening its attitude towards its critics.

“There is a revolving door of the prison. They release two, they arrest three. So more people are getting arrested.

“You think this problem is getting solved. No, it’s not being solved. But sometimes the government is trying to satisfy the international critics and release some people.”

Ismayilova had herself made allegations of massive embezzlement of oil funds by government ministers. During her trial she said it was not a coincidence that she had been charged with embezzlement and tax evasion, as these were the crimes she had written and spoken about.

The reason behind the court’s decision to release Ms Ismayilova is unclear. But Ms Clooney’s team had submitted a case to the European Court of Human Rights in March and a decision was expected

Outside court Ms Ismayilova told reporters that her arrest had been solely for political reasons. “I will of course go further to the European Court (of Human Rights) and I will hold the Azerbaijani government responsible for keeping me in prison for a year-and-a-half, keeping me out of my job and (away from) my family”.

She became well known in Azerbaijan for a daily talk show on the Azeri service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), but her outspoken tone led to personal attacks and accusations of being “pro-Armenian” or an “international agent”.

The office of European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said Ismayilova’s release “marks a further step in progress toward Azerbaijan’s compliance with its international commitments,” and called for “the release and rehabilitation of all those currently imprisoned or under restriction of movement in Azerbaijan on political grounds.”

Her release, Amal Clooney said, was “a victory for all journalists who dare to speak truth to power.”

“Khadija is a talented journalist who was instrumental in exposing corruption in her country,” she said.

“Khadija deserves full acknowledgment of her innocence and should be allowed to resume her work as a journalist without further harassment by the government,” Amal Clooney said.

Ismayilova, 39, has been hailed for her investigative work, and received wide accolades including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Her mother, Elmira, accepted the prize on Ismayilova’s behalf earlier this month and read an acceptance speech penned by her daughter.

Source : RFE/RL and BBC

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Here a video posted on May 24th 2016 by Reporters Sans Frontières

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 Amal Clooney official statement here

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100 LIVES Announces the ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’

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100 LIVES launches the ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ – an annual scholarship for young Lebanese women to pursue a degree at the United World College (UWC) Dilijan in Armenia.

100 LIVES is pleased to announce the launch of a new annual scholarship established in partnership with esteemed international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The new ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ is part of an ongoing effort by 100 LIVES – the organization behind the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity – to strengthen cross-cultural education and understanding through collaborative social and philanthropic projects.

“As a leading human rights barrister and campaigner, Amal Clooney is an inspirational role model for young women around the world. She exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication – and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures.” said Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of 100 LIVES and UWC Dilijan College, an international co-educational boarding school hosting students from 64 countries. “100 LIVES recognizes the need for future generations to have greater cross-cultural understanding. The college strives to make education a force for peace by bringing together aspiring young leaders from all over the world.”

Through this new scholarship, 100 LIVES will send one female student from Lebanon to Dilijan each year to enroll in a two-year international baccalaureate program. Recipients of the Amal Clooney Scholarship will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in the promotion of human rights and international issues. The first Amal Clooney Scholarship will be awarded to Pamela Tebchrany – a dedicated Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. She will be using the scholarship to pursue her interests in human rights and women’s equality.

“This scholarship will give young women from Lebanon the opportunity of a lifetime,” Amal Clooney said. “Cross-cultural learning and studying abroad can be transformative. I am grateful to 100 LIVES for helping to open doors for these bright and talented young women.”

Beyond this scholarship, both Mrs. Clooney and her husband, George, have philanthropic ties to 100 LIVES. Mr. Clooney is co-chair of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity – a new $1 million global humanitarian prize recognizing those who put themselves at risk to enable others to survive. He will present at the inaugural Prize at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia on April 24, 2016. Mr. Clooney’s Not On Our Watch foundation is also a partner of 100 LIVES – the two organizations share a commitment to focus public attention on the impact of genocide and work to prevent mass atrocities around the world.

The annual selection process is managed by a dedicated UWC National Committee in Lebanon and based on the UWC entry requirements and Amal Clooney Scholarship criteria.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About 100 LIVES

100 LIVES is a new global initiative rooted in the events of the Armenian Genocide, during which hundreds of thousands of Armenians were saved by the courageous and heroic acts of individuals and institutions. A century later, 100 LIVES seeks to express gratitude, to share remarkable stories of survivors and their saviors, and to celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

Further information is available at http://www.100LIVES.com.

About the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Recipients will be recognized for the exceptional impact their actions have made on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. Every year, the winners will be honored with a US$100,000 award as well as the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating an organization which inspired their work for a US$1,000,000 grant.

The Aurora Prize Selection Committee includes Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Australian Foreign Minister and President and CEO of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.

The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 of each year in Yerevan, Armenia.

Further information is available at http://www.100LIVES.com/Prize.

About United World College (UWC) Dilijan

UWC Dilijan College opened in October 2014 in Dilijan, Armenia. It is the first international boarding school of the UWC education model to open in Eastern Europe and CIS countries and it accepts students from all over the world.

Today UWC Dilijan has 190 students from 64 countries studying a two-year IB programme. The college offers full scholarships to 48% of its students, and a further 50% of the student body receive partial scholarships (covering 67% of tuition fees on average).

UWC Dilijan was established by entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend with the support of other Founding Donors. The construction of the campus was funded by large-scale philanthropic donations, and the admissions policy aims to make places available to promising young talent regardless of their socio-economic background, on the basis of demonstrated need.

More information about UWC Dilijan is available at http://www.uwcdilijan.org.

Media contact information: 100livesmedia@edelman.com / +44-203-047-2300

SOURCE 100 LIVES

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Amal Clooney is back in London 11.06.2015

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Amal Clooney is back in London and she was spotted today wearing a burgundy skirt suit with black pumps, top and a new black bag. I love this office look 🙂

I will update the post later.

The sunglasses seem to be by Heidi London.

OLIVE BROWN CATEYE FRAME SUNGLASSES (PRE-ORDER) – £165

http://www.heidilondon.com/collections/classic-cateye-sunnies/products/cateye-frame-sunglasses-limited-edition–3

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Amal Clooney in Giorgio Armani at the press conference in Washington DC for the release of Mohamed Nasheed

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Amal Clooney held a press conference in Washington DC today calling for the release of imprisoned former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

Amal Clooney appeared before reporters at the National Press Club at 10am Thursday, accompanied by Laila Ali, the wife of the jailed politician, and Jared Genser, the founder of organization Freedom Now.
Nasheed, the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first democratically elected leader who came to power in 2008, was convicted under tough anti-terror laws last month and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

On the same day, Amal Clooney published a brillant article in The Guardian :

To read it —> http://bit.ly/1EUvjmZ

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Amal Clooney wore a chic navy pants suit with a grey tote embellished by a silk scarf and her Prada Havana sunglasses and jimmy Choo heels in navy.

Amal’s navy suit is by Giorgio Armani  

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The sunglasses by Prada

Prada 15PS MA4 6S1 Havana

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 The Agnes pumps by Jimmy Choo

Navy Suede Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps

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The scarf by Dolce and Gabbana

DOLCE & GABBANA LEMON PRINTED SILK SATIN SQUARE SCARF
$300.00
Length: 90cm Width: 90cm
Made in Italy

http://bit.ly/1PcyohZ

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Amal’s bag is by Giorgio Armani from the cruise collection 2015

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Here a video :

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