Zhala Bayramova, daughter of anti-corruption researcher Gubad Ibadoghlu, who was jailed in Azerbaijan after criticizing the country’s oil and gas industry, told Reuters she was appalled at the decision.

“He is risking his life for this work,” Bayramova said. “This work is quite meaningless when you have COP29 hosted in Azerbaijan.”

A spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Ibadoghlu.