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What is Going On in Azerbaijan and Its NGO Sector - by Ali S. Novruzov
The Price of Tyranny Will Be Paid in Blood in Azerbaijan - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
The Parallel Realities of President Ilham Aliyev - by Giorgi Gogia
"Allahu Akbar" and Social Mutation - by Ganimat Zahidov
Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe: Crisis of Legitimacy - by Vugar Gojayev
The Iranian Delirium of Azerbaijani Regime's Proponents - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
The Georgian and Azerbaijani Elections: A Postmortem - by Richard Kauzlarich
How Europe Failed Azerbaijan - by Aslan Amani
Azerbaijan: The Challenges of Selling Oil Rich State’s Massive Electoral Fraud to the US Public - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
Corrupt Dictator Is Challenged by a Scholar in Azerbaijan’s Presidential Elections - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
EU and Azerbaijan: Setting the Record Straight - by Eldar Mamedov
How Azerbaijan is Like 'The Godfather' - by Michael Weiss
Karabakh and Democracy: Putting Carriage Before the Horse - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
Azerbaijan Stirred, Not Shaken by Turkish Protests - by Shahla Sultanova
Abulfaz Elchibey and Democracy - by Irena Lasota
The EU and Azerbaijan: Mismatched Objectives - by Giorgi Gogia
Presidential Elections in Iran Mean Nothing for Iran's Ethnic Minorities - by Umud Duzgun
A Double Standard Won't Do for Baku - by Eldar Mamedov
Open Letter to American Participants of US-Azerbaijan Convention in Baku - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
When the Music Dies... - by Rebecca Vincent
Azerbaijani FM's Diplomatic Trip to Isreal Tweaks Tehran - by Shahin Abbasov
Sound Bites Aside... - by Andy Heil
Oil and Stability in Azerbaijan - by Lucy Wallwork
Azerbaijan & Iran: A Soft-Power Struggle? - by Eldar Mamedov
A Tale of Two Azerbaijanis - by Murad Gassanly
"Notebook About Cuba" of Vahid Gazi - Story of "Island of Freedom" - by Rustam Ibragimbekov
South Azerbaijan Is Not Iran - By Umud Duzgun
Azerbaijan and EU: Recalibrating Relations? - by Eldar Mamedov
Azerbaijan: a Mafia State - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
Aylisli Controversy Reveals the True Face of Aliyev Regime - by Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
Examining the Economic Sources of Ismayilli Discontent - by Khadija Ismayilova
Secret Videos Threaten Top Aide of Azerbaijani President - by Shahin Abbasov
Strasser's Honorable Defeat - by Anar Mammadli

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OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS

TeliaSonera’s Behind-the-Scenes Connection to Azerbaijani President’s Daughters- by Khadija Ismayil
Ali Hasanov's Media Business: Journalist Investigation by Khadija Ismayilova
The Corleones of the Caspian - by Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy
Azerbaijani Police Fires Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Protesting Small Business Owners
AZAD Letter Supports the Removal of Heydar Aliyev Statue from Mexico City

What is to be Done With Pseudo-Democracies. Hikmat Hajizade's Presentation on January 25, 2012

EMDS Final Report on Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Elections on November 7, 2010

"Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan, 2004-2009," Research by Vugar Gojayev, March 2010

February 16, 2010 - NHC Report: "Nakhchivan: Azerbaijan's Dark Island"

"End of Term Limits. Monarchical Presidencies on the Rise," by Farid Guliyev, Harvard International Review, Feb. 28, 2009
"Imitation Democracies," by Dmitri Furman, New Left Review, Nov/Dec. Issue, 2008

Politics of Energy: Comparing Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia - by Jos Boonstra, Edward

Burke and Richard Young, FRIDE, September 2008
Azeri Minister of Interior Helped Georgian Government To Suppress Opposition In November 2007

Azerbaijan's 2005 Parliamentary Elections: A Failed Attempt At Transition - by Valerie J. Bunce and Sharon L. Wolchik

Christopher Walker Attacked Azeri Dictatorship At Helsinki Commission
Praise to Dictator
US Lobbying Firm Accused of Accepting Bribes from Azeri Government to Discredit Opposition

90 Years Anniversary of First Muslim Democracy - Azerbaijan Democratic Republic

Last Words of Ganimat Zahid

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Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

By Robert Coalson, RFE/RL

BAKU. September 18, 2014: Earlier this month, "The New York Times" published documents demonstrating Azerbaijan's efforts to expand its relationship with think tanks in the United States to bolster U.S. public opinion of the country and make it clear that Baku "is an important security partner."

"It is a campaign that produced real results," the September 6 report stated.

Three days later, the very same newspaper published an op-ed about Azerbaijani-Armenian tensions without disclosing the author's ties to the government in Baku.

The op-ed argued that Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region might become "Russia's Next Land Grab," as the piece's headline warned, after the Kremlin's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea territory in March.

The September 9 piece was penned by Brenda Shaffer, a political-science professor at Israel's University of Haifa who is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CEREES) at Georgetown University.

What the author's tagline did not reveal is that Shaffer has worked as an adviser "for strategic affairs" to Rovnag Abdullayev, president of Azerbaijan's state-owned SOCAR energy giant.

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US Citizen Deported From Baku: “Prosecutors Asked Me About Top US Generals, Rights Groups…”

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 17, 2014: In a move reminiscent of the Soviet-era tactics against its dissidents, Azerbaijan last week attempted to arrest an Azeri native US citizen, who was shortly visiting his seriously ill father.

Said Nuri, 32 year-old former political prisoner, told TURAN’s Washington correspondent Alakbar Raufoglu that he was “shocked” when he suddenly found himself under intense scrutiny; He was severely questioned by the Azeri prosecutors while being barred from leaving the country for almost a week; faced with numerous questions regarding top US military leaders, watchdogs and well-known rights groups.

“They were asking absurd questions about my alleged connections with the CIA and whether I personally knew and been trained by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, David Petraeus and others… Clearly, they were trying to arrest me as part of their bogus investigation against western and local NGOs,” Nuri said.

Retired four-star army general Stanley McChrystal until recent years headed the US Special Operations Command.Petraeus, former CIA director, is also a highly decorated four-star general, who served for over 37 years in the US Army. His last assignment in the Army was as commander of the International Security Assistance Force -- ISAF.

While it remains unclear how Azerbaijani government tries to connect famous foreign political and military figures to its crack down against the NGOs, Nuri said, he was also asked “too many questions” about Washington-based watchdogs such as National Endowment for Democracy, as well as individuals such as Sarah Paulsworth, a US citizen and former Peace Corps volunteers in the country.

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SOCAR Oil Deal Benefits Hidden Investors Linked to ... SOCAR?

By Nushabe Fatullayeva and Khalid Kazimov, OCCRP/Azadlig Radio

BAKU. September 16, 2014: Etibar Kovsarov was one of 200 Azerbaijani oil workers who lost their jobs in early 2014. After 30 years of working in oil fields developed by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), he was let go without warning when his contract expired.

One more surprise awaited Kovsarov.

When he applied to SOCAR for any possible compensation, company officials told him that the Gum-Deniz oil field where he’d worked for so many years was now being managed by a private company based in the United Arab Emirates, and that it did not have to pay pensions.

The private company, Bahar Energy Limited (UAE), has signed an unusually lucrative deal with SOCAR. A production-sharing agreement gives it 80 percent of profits of the Gum-Deniz and Bahar oil fields, with the other 20 percent going to SOCAR.

The percentage of profit flowing to Bahar is substantially higher than average for such deals in the industry, and for at least five similar arrangements in Azerbaijan.

The unusual deal may be explained by previously hidden connections between SOCAR and Bahar officials uncovered by reporters for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, with the cooperation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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Azerbaijan Shows Off Military-Industrial Complex At Country's First Weapons Show

By Joshua Kucera, Eurasianet.org

BAKU. September 16, 2014: Azerbaijan has held the country's first international defense exposition, showing off the wares of its military-industrial complex and attracting foreign companies hoping to profit off Baku's rapidly growing military budget.

The expo, ADEX, was held in Baku this week and featured 200 companies from 34 countries. The profile was somewhat similar to the region's other defense expo, Kazakhstan's KADEX, with foreign exhibitors dominated by Russia, Turkey, Israel, and Belarus, along with a smattering of European, American, and Asian companies. 

Azerbaijan, like Kazakhstan, is putting a lot of effort into building a local defense industry by attracting bigger, more experienced foreign partners to set up joint ventures with Azerbaijani companies. It's doing so to reduce its dependence on foreign weaponry, said Deputy Defense Minister Yahya Musaev said at the show. “It is no secret that this [foreign purchasing] leads to a one-sided dependence. Therefore, we conduct scientific research, train specialists to create the technology for national defense industry."

There seem to have been a lot of shipbuilders and navy-related companies at ADEX; Dutch shipbuilder Damen was the "platinum sponsor" of the show and Chinese and Turkish shipbuilders also exhibited, suggesting they think there is naval business to be had in Azerbaijan.

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VOA Interview with Ambassador Kauzlarich: We Really Have to Call Things As They Are

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 13, 2014: Richard Kauzlarich, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan gave an interview to the Voice of America commenting on the recent crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan:

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U.S. Citizen Said Nuri Allowed to Leave Azerbaijan, His Sexual Video Posted on the Internet

BAKU. September 12, 2014: Yesterday, the Azerbaijani government finally allowed Said Nuri, a U.S. citizen, to leave the country. Said Nuri, the former Azerbaijani opposition activist, deputy chief of the pro-opposition youth organization Yeni Fikir (New Thought), left the country years ago after a treason investigation was launched against his organization and became anaturalized citizen of the United States. In early September this year Said Nuri returned to Azerbaijan to visit his ailing father. On September 4, as Nuri tried to leave the country, he was told at the airport that the Ministry of National Security and the Attorney General's Office did not allow his departure. Apparently, the Azerbaijani government refused to recognize Nuri's new citizenship and decided to keep him in the country as an Azerbaijani citizen who was regarded as a witness in one of the political cases. After a week of negotiations, the Azerbaijani government decided to withdraw from its earlier position and decided to deport Nuri from the country. Nuri informed the local journalists that he was told to leave the country and never come back. On the day of his departure from Azerbaijan, Nuri had to experience another unpleasant message from his captors. A sexually explicit video showing Nuri was posted on the Internet which Nuri regarded as an attempt by the Azerbaijani authorities to discredit him.

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Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

By Robert Coalson, RFE/RL

PRAGUE. September 9, 2014: There is good news coming out of Azerbaijan these days. But much of it seems to be coming from the Twitter feed of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

"A free society has emerged in Azerbaijan. All democratic institutions are available and they operate successfully," he wrote on September 1.

Followed moments later by: "All freedoms, including the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of the press and free Internet, are available."

And: "Azerbaijani society is a free society, and this is our great achievement."

But if you dig a little deeper for your news about Azerbaijan, the picture is much bleaker. The European Stability Initiative, a Berlin-based think tank, recently issued a five-page report detailing what it calls "the most serious and brutal crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan ever" since Baku assumed the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in May.

From the conviction and eight-year prison sentence handed down to journalist and activist Parviz Hashimli on May 15 to the brutal beating of journalist Ilgar Nasibov by unknown assailants on August 21, it is a depressing litany of arrests, detentions, searches, and court hearings of bloggers, journalists, and prominent activists.

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Ambassador Elin Suleymanov’s Men: News Report Reveals Lobbying Scheme of Aliyev Regime in the US

WASHINGTON DC. September 8, 2014: The New York Times published "Azerbaijan and Think Tanks", a journalist investigation, reporting about the Azerbaijani Embassy’s lobbying efforts aimed at manipulating the local public opinion through influencing the policy recommendations of the local think tanks. The article is linked to the images of the documents proving that the Azerbaijani Embassy directly hired lobbying groups to promote the interests of the Azerbaijani government.

Apparently, the Azerbaijani Embassy to the US penetrated the important think tanks of the country by utilizing the lobbying services of the DCI Group and the Podesta Group. These lobbying groups were hired with the explicit purpose of expanding the relationships with think tanks in the United States to try to reinforce public opinion in the country and to make it clear that Azerbaijan is an important security partner of the US. The New York Times noted that this campaign “produced real results.”

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Azerbaijani Officials Raid U.S.-Based NGO

BAKU. September 6, 2014 (RFE/RL): Azerbaijani security officials have raided the Baku office of the nongovernmental organization IREX.

 

Security officials confiscated computers and documents from IREX, RFE/RL reports.

IREX employees said the officials provided a legal warrant to search the premises but gave no reason for the raid.

IREX's bank assets in Azerbaijan were frozen on July 31.

IREX, which was founded in 1968, is an international nonprofit organization that promotes democratic reforms in some 125 countries worldwide.


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U.S. Citizen Not Allowed To Leave Azerbaijan

BAKU. September 4, 2014 (RFE/RL): A U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin, Said Nuri, has been barred from leaving Azerbaijan.

Nuri told RFE/RL that officials at Baku international airport did not allow him to leave for Ukraine on September 4, citing an undisclosed ruling by the National Security Ministry and prosecutor-general's office.

According to Nuri, Azerbaijani officials said to him that he is also a citizen of Azerbaijan and therefore the U.S. Embassy has no right to interfere in the situation.

Nuri was the deputy chief of the pro-opposition Yeni Fikir (New Opinion) youth group.

He left Azerbaijan several years ago after an investigation into treason was launched against his organization.

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How Did Azerbaijani Authorities Miss 3 tons of Drugs?

Top US Anti-Drug Analyst: “Corruption is Most Likely Driving the Train

WASHINGTON, DC. September 3, 2014: Early in July Georgian police uncovered 2.79 tons of liquid heroin in a truck that had entered the country from the next-door Azerbaijan. About $400 million of heroin reportedly belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe, according to Georgia's Interior Ministry.

While the Georgian side has detained two of its citizens in connection with the shipment,the Azeri officials, most interestingly, decided to remain silent, leaving many observers wonder how possibly about 3 tons of liquid heroin were not stopped by the country’s law enforcement and what this means regarding the region’s narco-reality.

TURAN’s Washington, DC correspondent Alakbar Raufoglu interviewed Michael Braun, former operations chief for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Justice tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the US and abroad, overconcerns that the Caucasus region is growing as hub for international drug trafficking, especially in a wake of recent massive drugs haul in the region.

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Azerbaijani Journalist Seymur Hazi Arrested on Fabricated Charges of Hooliganism

BAKU. August 29, 2014: Today, Absheron District Police of Baku detained Seymur Hazi, the leading columnist of the opposition newspaper "Azadlig" (Freedom) and the anchor of the Turkey-based independent TV Channel "Azerbaijan Saati" (Azerbaijan Hour). This arrest followed a famillar pattern when during the first hours of the journalist's detention, there is no information about the journalist's whereabouts and this disappearance looks more like a kidnapping. There was no official information about Seymur Hazi's arrest and his whereabouts during the first several hours. Later during the day, the police announced that Seymur Hazi has been arrested and charged with hooliganism, allegedly for assaulting an unidentified person. Speaking to Turan News Agency, Seymur Hazi's lawyer Elton Guliyev confirmed Seymur Hazi's arrest. Guliyev said Seymur Hazi has been detained as a suspect under Article 221.3 (hooliganism committed with a weapon or object used as a weapon) of the Criminal Code. The newspaper "Azadlig" reported that Seymur Hazi has been earlier attacked and beaten by an unknown assailant and that the police now was charging Seymur Hazi with assaulting that person. Seymur Hazi rejected the charges against him regarding those charges as fabricated by the police to justify the arrest. Seymur Hazi has a history of persecution by the Azerbaijani government, including previous periods of detention and torture. In 2005, Seymur Hazi had been kidnapped by a group of masked people who beat him, hang him from his feet and kept him in that position for over two hours, telling him to never write about the Azerbaijani president again (Azeri Report).

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Together A Lifetime, Azeri Activists Now Apart And In Jail

By Daisy Sindelar, RFE/RL

PRAGUE. August 29, 2014: Leyla and Arif Yunus met as young history students in the late 1970s, at a party hosted by one of their professors at Baku State University.

As the evening drew to a close, Arif offered to walk Leyla to the subway station. There was something about her he liked -- a lot. A week later, he appeared at her mother's doorstep, asking for Leyla's hand in marriage.

Dinara Yunusova, the couple's daughter, says her grandmother was startled by the abrupt proposal. "Usually in Azerbaijan, it's the elders who will come and ask for the hand of the daughter. But my dad came by himself," says Yunusova, 28. "My grandmother was shocked, but she said, 'It's her life.' My mother had already noticed him a few times at the university, even before the party, so I guess she liked him, too."

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Transparency International Under Pressure In Azerbaijan

BAKU. August 27, 2014 (RFE/RL): Transparency International’s office in Baku says it is being forced to suspend some of its projects in Azerbaijan because of problems receiving funds through its bank in Baku.

Transparency Azerbaijan’s executive director Rana Safaraliyeva (eds: a woman) told RFE/RL on August 27 that iher team has not been able to receive financial support in the form of bank transfers from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for two months.

She said the Baku branch of Unibank, the bank used by her nongovernmental anticorruption group, has been returning wire transfers of funds sent by USAID -- citing technical problems.

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Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist Anar Mammadli Named As Rights Prize Finalist

PRAGUE. August 27, 2014 (RFE/RL): Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli has been named as one of three finalists for the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The panel that selects prize winner, meeting in Prague on August 26, also named two organizations as finalists.

They are Israel's B'tselem, which defends the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians, and the Malta Branch of the international Jesuit Refugee Service, a group that defends the rights of asylum seekers.

The finalists were selected from a list of 56 candidates.

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Freedom House Calls For Sanctions Against Azerbaijan to Stop Brutal Crackdown on Rights Activists

WASHINGTON, DC. August 23, 2014 (Freedomhouse.org): In response to the brutal attack on Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Ilgar Nasibov, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The horrific physical assault on Ilgar Nasibov, a journalist, is the latest trauma in a rapidly and radically deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan," said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. "The Government of Azerbaijan seems determined to intimidate human rights activists and any critic of its actions, whether by arrest on false charges or beating, as has happened August 21 to Nasibov. President Ilham Aliyev is entirely wrong if he believes his government can go after its critics without consequences while the world’s attention is focused on other hot spots."

"He and his government should be held responsible for the dangerous and hostile environment they are promoting," Kramer said. "The United States and the European Union should consider sanctions against officials who authorize and carry out these horrific abuses.” -0- 

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Azerbaijani Journalist, Rights Activist Severely Beaten

NAKHCHIVAN, Azerbaijan. August 22, 2014: An Azerbaijani journalist and rights activist has been badly beaten by unknown assailants in the country's Nakhchivan exclave.

Ilgar Nasibov was attacked late on August 21 while he was in the office of the Nakhchivan Resource Center, the only independent rights organization operating in the province.

Nasibov, who was found unconscious, suffered severe head trauma, a broken nose, fractured ribs, and serious blood loss.

A photograph of Nasibov after the attack shows his eyes swollen shut from the beating.

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OSCE Representative Alarmed by Brutal Attack on Azeri Journalist and Rights Activist

VIENNA, August 22, 2014 (OSCE.org): OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today said she was alarmed by yesterday’s violent attack on journalist Ilgar Nasibov in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan.

“I call on the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation of this brutal attack on Nasibov and bring those responsible to justice,” Mijatović said. “This criminal act has an enormous chilling effect on free expression and free media and it could inspire future crimes against members of the media.”

Nasibov, a journalist actively contributing to several media outlets in Azerbaijan, including Turan News Agency and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was assaulted on 21 August by a number of individuals in his office at the Resource Centre for Development of NGOs and Democracy in Nakhichevan. Nasibov sustained serious injuries, including concussion, broken cheekbones, nose and ribs. He is still in a very critical condition and receiving medical treatment at the hospital. The attackers also smashed and destroyed property and office equipment.

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Azerbaijan Tidies Away Human Rights Critics

While Baku presides over European rights institution, senior politician says human rights defenders deserve punishment

By Samira Ahmedbeyli and Afgan Mukhtarli, IWPR

BAKU. August 22, 2014: As leading Azerbaijani lawyer Intiqam Aliyev awaits trial, his supporters say his arrest reflects official unease about his role in bringing cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

A senior government ally, meanwhile says human rights activists and others caught up in the latest wave of detentions deserve everything they get because they are really working for foreign interests.

On August 8, a court in the capital Baku ordered Aliyev, head of the Legal Education Society, to be detained for three months while prosecutors built a case for tax evasion, abuse of office and illegal entrepreneurship. Aliyev denies all charges.

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What is Going On in Azerbaijan and Its NGO Sector?

By Ali S. Novruzov, Blog. Novruzov.az

Apparently, the Azerbaijani government is trying to impose new règles du jeu – rules of the game – and not only in the NGO sector – and facing little resistance.

BAKU. August 20, 2014: On 24 July, President Aliyev issued an enigmatic decree abolishing the rules of registration of grants (a small, but crucial part of the draconian national NGO legislation adopted on 12 February 2004) and tasking the relevant authorities to prepare new rules that will be effective by November 1.

The decree caught the civil society by surprise and in fact, no-one could explain what it supposed to mean in our troubled times. Only Elesger Mammadli of IREX made somehow
an intelligible guess that these rules may relate to an introduction of an electronic system, but beyond that, the decree is still shrouded in secrecy for many leading civil society activists.

My guess is, the issue at stake is not only the new rules of grant registration, but overall rules of the game that are planned for future NGO activities in Azerbaijan. And not only for NGO activities.

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Leyla Yunus: "Can You Imagine What These Jackals Have Created?"

BAKU. August 20, 2014: Jailed human rights activist Leyla Yunus addressed her second open letter from jail to her husband Arif Yunus, also jailed and also a human rights activist.  Both Leyla and Arif Yunus have been the targeted victims of the Aliyev regime in the latest wave of arrests of the human rights activists and civic organization leaders in the country.  Below is the full text of her letter:

"Arif, my darling! 

Well, after 36 years of our life together, we are now in different cells. In different places ... 

My sweetheart, you must know, I can bear it all: both the terrible physical pain (I have had inflammation from the cold water) and pressure from other, more “experienced”, prisoners in the cell (by the way, she comes from Ganja… Ganja again has failed us) and even the visits of these jackals of the prosecutor's office. I am without any supplies (I know, and you are completely without supplies, without a change of clothes, medicines). I, too, am without food and without medication.

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Open Letter of Jailed Human Rights Activist Rasul Jafarov to International Community

BAKU. August 19, 2014: The jailed human rights activist Rasul Jafarov addressed an open letter to the international community explaining the reasons of his arrest. Rasul Jafarov, chairman of the Human Rights Club in Azerbaijan, was arrested earlier this summer on August 2. The formal charges against Rasul Jafarov included tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and abuse of authority. Jafarov's arrest followed a string of arrests of the human rights activists of Azerbaijan with similar charges: Azerbaijani government arrested the leaders of the nonprofit human rights organizations which were receiving international grants because those grants had not been approved by the Ministry of Justice of the country. Well-known leaders of the nonprofit human rights organizations - Anar Mammadli, Bashir Suleymanov, Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus, Intigam Aliyev and Rasul Jafarov were accused of illegal entrepreneurship (receiving grants from international donors was regarded by the Azerbaijani government as illegal business) and tax evasion. In his letter, Rasul Jafarov denies any wrongdoing and accuses the Azerbaijani government of engaging in political persecution of the human rights activists in the country. Below is the full text of his letter:

Appeal to the International Community

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends

I would like to bring to your attention that the charges brought against me are completely unlawful and groundless. One might ask why?

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Crackdown on Human Rights in Azerbaijan
Since the beginning of its presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, Azerbaijan has been placing more and more people behind bars. A jarring contrast no one seems to notice

By Arzu Geybullayeva, Balcanicaucaso.org

BAKU. August 19, 2014: There were high expectations this year when Azerbaijan took over the Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, on May 14, 2014. The Council of Europe, an institution widely described as the top human rights body, believed the chairmanship would only push the country forward towards reform and democracy. Little did the Council know of what was to come in the following months of Azerbaijani chairmanship. Certainly it had not foreseen the size of the current crackdown, the arrests and the intimidation of the local civil society.

Human rights defenders, human rights advocates, journalists, bloggers, youth activists and NGO heads have all become targets of the Azerbaijani authorities in what many observers at home and abroad describe as a witch hunt. The most recent of these has been the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer, Intigam Aliyev.

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Azerbaijani Political Prisoners Tortured in Custody to "Confess" to Their "Crimes"

BAKU. August 15, 2014: The Amnesty International reported that the Azerbaijani political prisoners Faraj Karimov and Siraj Karimov are being tortured in the detention center where they are currently held. Faraj Karimov, member of the opposition Musavat party, active blogger and the administrator of the official website of Musavat, was arrested on fabricated drug possession charges on July 23 this year. The police also arrested Faraj's older brother Siraj, who is not politically active, but whose persecution is linked by the local and international human rights organizations to Fraj's political activities. The Amnesty International statement calls on the international community to address appeals to the Azerbaijani president and demand the release of the Karimov brothers from jail. Below is the text of the statement by the Amnety International.

URGENT ACTION

KARIMOV BROTHERS TORTURED IN CUSTODY

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Azerbaijan Rights Activists Jailed Amid Crackdown Fears

By Leyla Najafli, BBC News

BAKU. August 14, 2014: A court in Azerbaijan has upheld the jailing of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, who faces pre-trial detention for at least three months.

He was arrested on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power.

Similar charges have been brought against other prominent activists in the oil-rich country in recent weeks.

The developments have prompted concerns about an intensified crackdown on government critics.

The Azerbaijani government rejects the allegations, arguing that the activists are heading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that fail to observe the laws.

Since 30 July, four human rights activists known for their work with international organisations have been detained:

  • Leyla Yunus
  • Her husband, historian Arif Yunus
  • NGO head Rasul Jafarov
  • Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

Political analyst Azer Gasimli believes that the main reason these figures were all arrested in such a short space of time was a comprehensive report they were involved with on political prisoners, which was leaked last week.

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"Pyrrhic Victory": Leyla Yunus Writes a Letter from Jail

BAKU. August 12, 2014: Azerbaijan’s most prominent human rights defender, Leyla Yunus has written a letter from jail. Describing the deliberately inhuman conditions that she and her husband have to endure in separate detention facilities, Mrs. Yunus addresses those who took part in her arrest as “jackals of the regime”. She calls out their last names in plural forms (“lemberanskis, pashayevs, ahmadovs...”) and congratulates them with “Pyrrhic victory”.

 
Describing inhuman conditions she and her husband are held in, she proclaims that their persecutors can never break their faith. "Even if we die in separate cells under your jackal watch, we are still together!", writes Leyla Yunus at the end of the letter.
 
Leyla Yunus was arrested on July 30 under treason, tax evasion and other charges. Her husband, a prominent rights defender and political analyst Arif Yunus, was jailed a week later under similar charges.

Below is the full text of the Leyla Yunus' letter from jail:
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‘Caviar Diplomacy’ Hides Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan
By Domnika Bychawska-Siniarska and Adam Bodnar, OpenDemocracy.net
 

BAKU. August 12, 2014: President Aleksandr Lukashenka of Belarus has recently released Ales Bielatski, a well-known human rights activist; such decisions are not taken without an agenda. It is easy to predict that Lukashenka is busking for scraps of positive reactions from Western states; and wants to demonstrate a certain level of independence from Vladimir Putin. However, another dictator from the region – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan – is using the current political situation in a reverse direction; and by arresting prominent human rights activists, he kills the last breaths of civil society in his country.

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Putin for Peace in Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

By Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet.org

SOCHI. August 11, 2014: It was only fitting that President Vladimir Putin took the bickering leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to a wrestling match in Sochi on August 10. The tableau of Putin wedged between Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev emphasized Russia’s role as a war-deterrent and power-broker in the two Caucasus countries’ boiling conflict over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

The Putin-Aliyev-Sargsyan meeting in Sochi was held against the backdrop of the fiercest fighting in years over the remote, mountainous area. That sense of heightened conflict extended to the summit. Before attending the wrestling match, the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents had a bout of words between themselves. The two accused one another of ignoring UN Security Council resolutions on Karabakh.

That left it to Putin to step in with calls for wisdom and temperance. “[T]here is no bigger tragedy than the deaths of people,” observed the Russian leader.

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Dispatches: Azerbaijan Jails Yet Another Rights Defender

By Giorgi Gogia, HRW.org

BAKU. August 11, 2014: Another day, another arrest of a rights defender in Azerbaijan – a frightening reality. On August 8,  authorities arrested Intigam Aliyev, a man who many refer to as “müəllim”, or “teacher” – an honorific that in Azerbaijan bestows the utmost respect. Few people there deserve this honorific as much as Intigam müəllim, who, as chair of the Legal Education Society, taught, educated, trained, and provided guidance to Azerbaijan’s newest generation of human rights defenders. A lawyer himself, Intigam müəllim litigated human rights cases in domestic courts and was one of the first Azerbaijani lawyers to bring cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

When Azerbaijani authorities detained him on bogus charges of tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and abuse of authority, someone aptly noted on social media that Azerbaijan’s conscience had been arrested. I have worked with Intigam müəllim for many years and always admired his generosity, dedication to human rights, compassion for victims of abuses, and humility. As he was taken into custody today, a journalist asked him what he was accused of. He responded calmly: “Those who defend human rights, and political prisoners and report on election fraud are considered criminals in this country. [So,] I am one of those criminals.” He then implored those who remain free to help other activists imprisoned on politically-motivated charges in Azerbaijan.

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In a String of Rights Activist Arrests, Award Winning Rights Activist Arrested in Azerbaijan

BAKU. August 8, 2014 (RFE/RL): RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports that human rights activist Intigam Aliyev has been detained in Baku.

A court in Baku charged Aliyev on August 8 with tax evasion, abuse of office and illegal entrepreneurship.

Aliyev has denied the allegations and said that his arrest is politically motivated.

Aliyev is a veteran rights activist and was awarded the Homo Homini human rights award in the Czech Republic in 2013.

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The Price of Tyranny Will Be Paid in Blood in Azerbaijan

By Elmar Chakhtakhtinski

WASHINGTON. August 6, 2014: Rasul Jafarov, an Azerbaijani young rights activist and founder of the Art for Democracy project was jailed last Saturday on tax evasion charges. Three days earlier, the top human rights defender, Leyla Yunus, was accused of treason and thrown behind bars. The Aliyev petro-dictatorship is wiping out the last vestiges of pro-Western, secular, non-violent opposition. This is taking place at a time when the reckless war posturing and hate-mongering on both sides of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict had led to the deadliest armed confrontation since the 1994 seize fire. At least 13 Azerbaijani and 4 Armenian soldiers died within the past few days. No doubt, the current hostilities on the frontline will be used by the official Baku to divert attention from its unprecedented crackdown on civil society.

How shameful then that some oil-soaked, caviar-greased, lobbyist-pedaled politicians, "experts", and pundits in the West lend support and provide justifications for this repressive and utterly corrupt regime. Some simply lie on its behalf, promoting its fake image as a "tolerant, modernizing Western ally". And some bluntly rationalize its despicable rights record and call to ignore its trespasses against the Azerbaijani people for the sake of other, short-sighted interests.

There will be a heavy price to be paid for this.

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Human Rights Activist Arif Yunus Arrested

BAKU. August 5, 2014: Arif Yunus, prominent human rights activist, has been arrested today and placed in pretrial detention.  Arif Yunus is the husband of Leyla Yunus, top human rights activist of the country and the head of the Institute for Peace and Democracy.  Leyla Yunus was arrested on July 30 and charged with high treason, spying for Armenia, illegal business activities, documents forgery and fraud.  At the time, Arif Yunus had also been detained and charged with treason.  However, he was released due to his health conditions and placed under police surveilance. Today, the Attorney General's Office changed its position and placed Arif Yunus under arrest as well.  Azerbaijan's Attorney General's Office said on July 31 that the couple had been involved in passing classified information to Armenian agents (Azeri Report).

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Azerbaijan, Armenia Accuse Each Other Of Escalating Tensions

BAKU. August 4, 2014 (RFE/RL):Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of ceasefire violation as tensions continue around Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian Defense Minister Seiran Ohanian said on August 4 that Azerbaijan's attempts to escalate tensions can trigger a war, adding though that "there is no reason for a large-scale military operation yet."

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on August 4 that one of its soldiers injured in a skirmish over the weekend had died, bringing the number of Azerbaijani soldiers killed in shootings in recent days to 13.

The ministry blamed Yerevan for the current situation.

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Another Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested In Azerbaijan

BAKU. August 2, 2014 (Radio Azadliq): Another prominent rights defender has been arrested in Azerbaijan.

Rasul Jafarov was detained during the morning of August 2 on suspicion of tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and abuse of authority.

Baku's Nasimi Court ordered Jafarov held for three months while the investigation into charges against him is conducted.

Jafarov had already been subjected to a foreign travel ban.

Jafarov's arrest comes three days after prominent rights defender Leyla Yunus was detained and, along with her husband Arif, charged with treason, tax evasion, and illegal entrepreneurship.

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Isabel Santos: Azerbaijan Makes 'Mockery of Democratic Aspirations’ in Civil Society Crackdown

COPENHAGEN. August 1, 2014 (OSCE PA.ORG) – Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today deplored the intensifying crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan and called on authorities to quickly reverse the trend.

"With this latest round of attacks on the country's civil society, Azerbaijan is making a mockery of its stated aspirations to become a modern, democratic state. I am shocked by developments that have occurred in the last several days alone -- namely, the barring of human rights activist Rasul Jafarov from leaving the country and the clearly politicized charges against Leyla Yunus and her husband," Santos said.

"The fact that these and other disturbing developments have come less than a month after Baku hosted the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session makes them all the more shameful. I call on Azerbaijan's authorities to take their OSCE human rights commitments seriously and immediately reverse this downward spiral," Santos added.

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Azerbaijan Gets Tough In Bid To Silence Its Loudest Critic

By Robert Coalson and Ilkin Mammadov, RFE/RL

BAKU. August 1, 2014: Leyla Yunus is not one to keep quiet.

In a video posted in April, the 58-year-old activist stands outside a Baku police station shouting as loudly as possible that she was detained for hours without being allowed to eat and only being allowed to use the restroom in the company of a male police officer.

"This is the way you treat me -- five men can't deal with me, with one woman," she hollers with an intensifying mix of anger and despair. "Five police officers? Was he supposed to be protecting me in the toilet while he was watching me? He was watching me! He was defending me? He is not a decent person!"

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Azerbaijan in International Media

"Azerbaijan and Think Tanks," The New York Times, Sep. 6, 2014

"'The Hardest Part is I Can't See You' - Azeri Activist's Prison Letter to Jailed Husband," RFE/RL, Aug. 20, 2014

"Azerbaijan Prosecutes a Prominent Human Rights Defender on Absurd Charges," The Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2014

"Prominent Activist Charged With Treason in Azerbaijan," by Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times, July 31, 2014

"Lawmakers' Trips to Baku Conference Raise Ethics Questions," by Will Tucker and Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, Jul. 26, 2014

"Azerbaijan Counts Human Cost of Architecture," by Shahin Abbasov, The Guardian, July 14, 2014

"British MPs Taken on 'Caviar Trail' By Lobbyists Close to Azerbaijan's Coprrupt Dictatorship," by Jon Stone, BuzFeed.com, June 20, 2014

"Azerbaijan and Council of Europe: Do As We Say, Not As We Do," by G.E., The Economist, May 13, 2014

"Azerbaijan's Sponsorship of Atletico Proves Spectacular Success," by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, May 1, 2014

"Vugar Gashimov, Grandmaster of Chess, Dies at 27," by D. L. McClain, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2014

"Authoritarian Regimes Retool Their Media-Control Strategy," by R. Orttung, C. Walker, The Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2014

"Hague's Azerbaijan Gas Pipeline Attacked," by Jim Armitage,The Independent, Dec. 17, 2013

"Azerbaijan's Leading Dailies Pay Steep Price for Criticizing the Regime," by Vugar Gojayev, Global Post, Dec. 13, 2013

"Plush Hotels and Caviar Diplomacy," by J. Doward and C. Latimer, The Guardian, Nov. 23, 2013

"Azerbaijan Is Absolutely Not A Model For Political Reform," by Mark Adomanis, Forbes, Nov. 20, 2013

"Free and fair elections are not just about the election day," by Maina Kiai, The Guardian, Oct. 29, 2013

"Azerbaijan Not the Stable, Prosperous U.S. Partner Often Portrayed," by Aslan Amani, The World Politics Review, Oct. 15, 2013

"Fairness an Issue, Even After Azerbaijan Votes," by David Herszenhorn, The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2013

"Azerbaijan Aliyev: Opponent Hasanli wants vote annulled," BBC News, Oct. 10, 2013

"Oops: Azerbaijan released election results before voting had even started," by Max Fisher, The Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2013

"Azerbaijan must use this election to end the Aliyev Dynasty," by Jamil Hasanli, The Guardian, October 8, 2013

"Azeri Leader Tied to U.S. Taps Oil Cash to Avoid Assad Fate," by Henry Meyer, Bloomberg, October 3, 2013

"Azerbaijan: How not to prepare for an election," The Economist, September 2, 2013

"Choices for the South Caucasus," by D. Corboy, W. Cortney, R. Kauzlarich, K. Yalowitz, The New York Times, Aug. 28, 2013

"Aliyev to Face Putin Before Azerbaijani Presidential Election," by Jamila Mammadova, Telegraph, Aug. 7, 2013

"Intimate video emerges, again, of reporter investigating Azerbaijan president's family," by Max Fisher, The Washington Post, August 7, 2013

"Director vs. Dictator," by Shaun Walker, The Independent, July 15, 2013

"How Azerbaijani is Like 'The Godfather,'" by Michael Weiss, The Atlantic, July 11, 2013

"Lobby Money Should Not Thwart US Support for Freedom in Azerbaijan," by E. Chakhtakhtinski, Global Post, June 28, 2013

"Azerbaijan Rolls Out Red Carpet for Visiting U.S. Lawmakers," by Larry Luxner, The Washington Diplomat, June 26, 2013

"The Great Pipeline Face-Off," by Art Patnaude, WSJ, June 21, 2013

"For Obama Ex-aides, It's Time to Cash In," by J. Eilperin and T. Hamburger, The Washington Post, May 30, 2013

"Iran Threatens Azerbaijan," by Alexandros Petersen, The National Interest, April 29, 2013

"A Trip Into Baku's 12th-Century Old City," Photogallery from RFE/RL, April 26, 2013

"Airmiles Andy is Back at the Despot's Table," by Nick Craven and Will Stewart, The Daily Mail, April 13, 2013

"News by and for the Authorities," by Christopher Walker and Robert Orttung, The New York Times, April 5, 2013

"Leaks Reveal Secrets of the Rich Who Hide Cash Offshore," by David Leigh, The Guardian, April 3, 2013

"EU's Problem Neighbors," by Rikard Jozwiak, RFE/RL, March 20, 2013

"Editor of Azerbaijan's Independent Newspaper Sentenced to 9 Years In Jail," The Washington Post, March 12, 2013

"Azerbaijan Police Use Rubber Bullets to Break Up Protest in Baku," The Washington Post, March 10, 2013

"As International Scrutiny Fades, Azerbaijan Scrambles to Silence Critics," by Rebecca Vincent, AlJazeera, March 6, 2013

"The Land of No Anti-Semitism," by Anshel Pleffer, Haaretz, March 1, 2013

"Inside The Department Of AliyevScience" - by Shahla Sultanova and Charles Recknagel, RFERL, Feb 24, 2013

"Azerbaijan is Rich. Now It Wants to be Famous," by Peter Savodnik, The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2013

"Novella's Sympathetic Portreyal of Armenians Causes Uproar in Azerbaijan," by Shahla Sultanova, The NY Times, Feb. 1, 2013

"On a Second Thought..." by Henry Grabar, The Atlantic Cities, Jan. 30, 2013

"Mexico: Statue of Ex-Leader of Azerbaijan Removed," The NY Times, Jan. 26, 2013

"Officials in Azerbaijan Claim to Restore Order to Rioting City," by Andrew Roth and Shahla Sultanova, The NY Times, Jan. 25, 2013

"Minor vehicle collision in Azerbaijan sparks mass riot, attack on local official’s son", The Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2013

"Mexico to Remove Controversial Statue to Former Azerbaijani President," The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2013

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Azerbaijan in International Reports

December 10, 2013: The Global Witness Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan's Oil Industry - "Azerbaijan Anonymous"

November 5, 2013 - European Stability Intiative Report on Azerbaijan's Presidential Elections - "Disgraced: Azerbaijan and the End of Election Monitoring as We Know It"

September 1, 2013 - HRW Report - "Tightening the Screws: "Azerbaijan's Crackdown on Civil Society and Dissent"

May 14, 2013 - Report of Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden based international human rights organization, on Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan

April 2013 - US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights in Azerbaijan

April 3, 2013 - ICIJ Report - Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze

January 2013 - Annual Report on Human Rights Watch - Chapter on Azerbaijan

December 2012 - Freedom House - Nations in Transit - Azerbaijan Country Report

October 29, 2012 - Amnesty International Report "Azerbaijan: Human Rights Abuses Placed Under the E-Spotlight"

October 25, 2012 - "The Struggle for Internet Freedom in Azerbaijan," by Vugar Gojayev

September 27, 2012 - Report on "Local and Regional Democracy in Azerbaijan," The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe

May 24, 2012 - "Caviar Diplomacy: How Azerbaijan Silenced the Council of Europe. Part 1" - European Stability Initiative

May 9, 2012 - "Spotlight on Azerbaijan" - Foreign Policy Centre's Report on Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan

April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement

April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Armenia Association Agreement

April 2, 2012 - Sandie Shaw Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Stop Harassing Journalists - Amnesty International Report

February 29, 2012 - "They took everything from me" Human Rights Watch Report on Forcible Evictions In Azerbaijan

February 20, 2012 - The Amnesty International Briefing on Human Rights In Azerbaijan

October 4, 2011 - Norwegian Helsinki Committee's Report on Political Prisoners In Azerbaijan

September 23, 2011 - Human Rights Watch Letter to Azerbaijani Minister of Justice On Disbarred Lawyers

April 12, 2013 - IPGA Statement on Political 2012-2013 Political Persecutions in Azerbaijan

April 8, 2011 - US State Department's Human Rights Report on Azerbaijan for 2010

March 7, 2011 - Amensty International: Azerbaijan Must Halt Crackdown On Protest Organizers

February 15, 2011 - CPJ Report "Attacks on the Press 2010: Azerbaijan"

January 27, 2011 - ODIHR/OSCE Final Report on Azerbaijani Parliamentary Elections of Nov. 2010

November 8, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Preliminary Statement on Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Elections

October 30, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Second Interim Report on Azerbaijani Elections

October 26, 2010: HRW Report - Azerbaijan: Beaten, Blacklisted and Behind Bars

October 21, 2010: Azerbaijan: Free Expression Under Attack

September 2010 - Article 19 Report - Living As Dissidents: Freedom of Expression In Azerbaijan

September 3, 2010 - International Crisis Group Report: "Azerbaijan: Vulnerable Stability"

March 2010 - Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan - PETROSAM Program of Reasearch Council of Norway

March 11, 2010 - U.S. State Department's 2009 Report on Azerbaijan

February 24, 2010 - Global Integrity Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan

February 16, 2010 - NHC Report: "Nakhchivan: Azerbaijan's Dark Island"

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Linked Info

"Your Government May Be Corrupt, But Is It Azerbaijan-Corrupt?" - Buzzfeed.com. June 11, 2014

"Azerbaijan's photographers: Capturing the raw truth" by R. Jafarov and R. Vincent, Index on Censorship, October 11, 2013

Aliyev's Cultural Spending Spree - by Emma, Platformlondon.org - May 16, 2013

OCCRP Names Aliyev "Person of the Year" - Dec. 31, 2012

"Sudden, Violent Demonstration Erupts In Northern Azerbaijan," by Karl Rahder, FPB, March 2, 2012

"Azerbaijan: Early 20th Century Satirical Magazine Offers Edgy Exploration of Eurasia," Eurasianet.org, Nov. 24, 2011

US Amb. Ross Wilson's Speech at the Atlantic Council Conference On Europian Energy - June 1, 2011

"Azerbaijan: Prominent Lawyer Disbarred, Youth Activist Arrested," by Karl Rahder, FPB, Feb. 6, 2011

"Azerbaijan Backtracks in Ukranian Organ Transplant Investigation," Eurasianet.org, Dec. 3, 2010

"More Troubles In Baku, Local Press Reports On "Magic Tree"," by Karl Rahder, FPB, June 20, 2010

"Azerbaijan Grapples With New Media Freedom," by Karl Rahder, ISN, June 7, 2010

"A Journalism (r)evolution in Azerbaijan," by Mark Briggs, Lost Remote, May 24, 2010

"IMF: The Party Is Over For Azerbaijan," by Shahin Abbasov, Eurasianet. org, May 24, 2010

"Alienating Azerbaijan?" by Karl Rahder, International Relations and Security Network, Apr. 27, 2010

"Colors and Flowers... and Soviet Spoils," by Ben Tanosborn, April 27, 2010

"The U.S. and the Persecution of Azerbaijan's Bloggers," by Joshua Kucera, trueslant.comm Nov. 11, 2009

"Story of a Father and Son," Frontline Club, Sep 28, 2009

"Hooligans?," RSF about arrested youth activists in Azerbaijan, July 11, 2009

"I Rule Here and Blind Democrats in Europe," by Ilgar Mammadov, REAL, June 27, 2009

Azerbaijan Marks Anniversary Of Its First Republic - Frontline Club, May 29, 2009

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely - by Farid Guliyev, ResetDoc.org, April 16, 2009

So Much For Azerbaijani Democracy - by Michael J. Totten, Commentary Magazine, Oct. 21, 2008

Azerbaijan: Election Day Proves A Snooze - by Mina Muradova, Eurasia Insight, Oct. 15, 2008

Finding Elmar's Killers. Azerbaijan Special Report - by Nina Ognianova, CPJ, Sep. 16, 2008

Azerbaijani Opposition Mulls Presidential Election Boycott - by Liz Fuller

Naxcivan: More Tales From Azerbaijan's North Korea

It's National Press Day in Azerbaijan, But There's Little Cause For Celebration

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Videos

May 16, 2014: Radio Azadliq Interview with U.S. Amb. to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar: "Who Will Stand up for Azerbaijan's Independence?"

November 22, 2013 - AZAD's Event: "The Quest for Democracy in Azerbaijan: Conversation with Jamil Hasanli"

November 7, 2013 - AZAD'S Event: "The Perils of Content with Azerbaijan: Is Status-Quo Sustainable for the West's Favorite 'Gas Station'?"

October 27, 2013 - National Council's Protest Rally in Baku

October 16, 2013 - U.S. Investor Jailed After Whistleblowing on Corrupt Business Deals With Azerbaijan

September 30, 2013 - "Concernus Theatricus": Azeri Youth TV Pokes US Ambassador Morningstar

July 31, 2013 - House Demolition in Khutor, Baku

July 2, 2013 - President Ilham Aliyev's speech in front of the Azerbaijani Police Forces

June 13, 2013: Harlem Shake Protest in Front of Azerbaijani Embassy in London

March 29, 2013 - Battle to Save Homes from Demolition in Baku

January 24, 2013 - Ismayilli Protests Continue

January 23, 2013 - Popular Uprising in Ismayilli

January 23, 2013 - Amazing Azerbaijan! Short Film

January 12, 2013 - Baku Protests Against Soldier Jeyhun Gubadov's Death

December 20, 2012 - British MP Helen Goodman Attacks Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan

December 19, 2012 - AZAD Forum "Azerbaijan's Untapped Potential for the West: Engaging Azerbaijani Society as a US Ally"

December 10, 2012 - Azeri Police Arrests... Government Supporter at Opposition Rally

December 10, 2012 - Public Chamber's Protest Action in Downtown Baku

October 20, 2012 - Opposition Protesters Demand Dissolution of Azerbaijani Parliament

October 1, 2012 - Million Dollar Bribe for a Parliamentary Seat: Secret Cam Recording with English Subtitles

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Photos

Photo Essay on Heydar Aliyev's Cult of Personality in Azerbaijan - February 19, 2013

Popular Uprising in Ismayilli - January 23, 2013

Public Chamber's Rally - April 22, 2012

Youth Protest Rally in Bayil - March 12, 2012

Anti-French Protests In Baku - January 25, 2012

Youth Protests in Downtown Baku - December 3, 2011

Rally of the Public Chamber of the Azeri Opposition - June 19, 2011

Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Demoracy In Stockholm, Sweden - June 18, 2011

Public Champer Marks the Republic Day - May 28, 2011

April 17 Rally of Azeri Opposition - April 17, 2011

Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Den Haag - April 6, 2011

Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Strasbourg - April 2, 2011

Rally of Azerbaijani Democratic Forces - April 2, 2011

Free Azerbaijan Rally of AZAD - March 19, 2011

Musavat Rally Against Aliyev Regime - March 12, 2011

Youth Protests Against Aliyev Regime - March 11, 2011

Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan Commemorated M.A. Rasulzade - January 31, 2011

Hijab Protest In Nardaran - December 18, 2010

Parliamentary Elections In Azerbaijan - November 7, 2010

Azeri Diaspora In Netherlands Protested Against Ilham Aliyev's Regime - November 5, 2010

PFPA and Musavat's Joint Rally In Baku - July 31, 2010

Azeri Opposition's Protest Action In Baku - July 3, 2010

Azadlig Bloc Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 19, 2010

Musavat and Union for Democracy Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 12, 2010

Azadlig Bloc's "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 5, 2010

International Act of Protest for Eynulla Fatullayev In Front of Azeri Embassy - June 3, 2010

Azadlig Bloc's Rally In Novkhani - May 28, 2010

Protest of Azadlig Bloc in Baku - May 15, 2010

Protest of Azadlig bloc in Baku - April 26, 2010

Surprise Youth Protest Action in Baku - Nov. 22, 2009

U.S. Azeris Commemorate Oil Academy Shooting Victims - May 10, 2009

Student Protests In Baku - May 10, 2009

Mirza Sakit Released From Jail - April 9, 2009

Azeris Marked Khojali Massacre In Front of Armenian Embassy - February 25, 2009

AZAD Holds Protest Rally In New York Against Unlimited Presidency in Azebaijan - January 9, 2009

AZAD Holds Protest Rally in Washington DC Against Unlimited Presidency in Azerbaijan - Dec. 30, 2008

Protests Against Constitutional Changes in Azerbaijan - Dec. 24, 2008

Ganja Celebrates Ilham Aliyev's Birthday - Dec. 24, 2008

Jailed Azeri Journalists, Brothers Ganimat and Sakit Zahidov at Their Fathers Funeral

Sacrifice Holiday in Azerbaijan - December 8, 2008

Military Parade in Baku - June 26, 2008