Meet your defender: Interview with Leyla Mustafayeva

Meet Leyla Mustafayeva, a journalist from Azerbaijan and the wife of investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. Her husband was kidnapped in Georgia in May 2017 and imprisoned in Azerbaijan. Leyla was followed and watched while in Tbilisi and denied a residence permit in Georgia. Now she lives with her daughter Nuray in Germany and continues to fight for her husband’s release.

More information about Leyla’s and Afgan’s cases is available here.


There is a story behind every report, every advocacy event and every case at a human rights court. IPHR launched “Meet your defender” campaign to bring you personal stories of human rights defenders from post-soviet space.
To learn more about the campaign visit “Meet your defender” campaign’s page.