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The Two Faces of Azerbaijan's Government - by Altay Goyushov
Khadija Ismayilova Arrested as Journalist and Human Rights Defender - by Rebecca Vincent
Azerbaijan Where Justice is a Prisoner - by Vugar Gojayev
Brenda Shaffer's Conflicts of Interest - by Casey Michel
Iranian Government Is Killing Lake Urmia - by Umud Duzgun
"Dark Times" in Azerbaijan - by Veronika Szente Goldston
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

SOCAR Chief's Son Does "Charity" with Public Funds - by Khalid Kazimov
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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Tom Malinowski: Azerbaijan Media Crackdown Threatens Ties With U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC. December 19, 2014: Tom Malinowski, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, gave an interview to RFE/RL's Shahida Yakub teling the Azerbaijani government's recent "crackdown on civil society" jeopardizes its ties with Washington. The interview with the US official is taken by the RFE/RL at a time when a prominent RFE/RL contributor journalist Khadija Ismayilova is sentenced to two months of pretrial detention in Azerbaijan on charges widely considered to be politically motivated (Azeri Report).

 
US Senate Confirmed Robert F. Cekuta as Next US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, DC. December 18, 2014: Robert F. Cekuta has been confirmed by the US Senate as the next ambassador to Azerbaijan. The date of Ambassador-designate Cekuta's arrival to Azerbaijan has not been finalized yet.

Prior to his appointment to the position of the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Robert Cekuta held the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources of the Department of State.

Cekuta’s recent overseas assignments include Tokyo (2007-2009) and Berlin (2003-2007), where he led the US government’s participation in the full range of economic issues.

Cekuta’s activity as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US embassy in Germany covered counter-terrorism activities and efforts to combat international crime.

Cekuta received his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, an MA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MA from the National Defense University (Azeri Report).

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AZAD Forum Discussed Imposing Sanctions on the Aliyev Regime in Azerbaijan - Full Report

Washington, DC. December 15, 2014: On December 12, the Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy held a forum discussion titled “Time to get tough with Baku: Can US sanctions help Azerbaijani dissidents?”

Event’s guest speakers included Richard Kauzlarich, the Director of George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, who has served as the United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1994 to 1997, and David Kramer, the Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at The McCain Institute, who has most recently worked as President of Freedom House and served as the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2008 to 2009.

The participants of the forum noted the deteriorating situation with human rights in Azerbaijan and discussed the possibilities of imposing various sanctions on Azerbaijan in order to influence the Aliyev regime’s current political course.

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Azerbaijani Opposition Rallies For Release Of Political Prisoners

BAKU. December 15, 2014 (RFE/RL): On December 14, Azerbaijani opposition activists and their supporters urged the government to release political prisoners and end repression at a rally in Baku.

Some 1,500 people attended the sanctioned demonstration organized by the opposition Musavat Party and held at Mahsul Stadium on the outskirts of the capital.

Musavat Party leader Isa Qambar said if President Ilham Aliyev does not free political prisoners "soon" the Musavat Party "will call for an international boycott of the European Games" to be held in Baku next summer.

Protesters also called for free elections to be held while chanting "freedom."

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Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova's 'Letter Of Hope' For 2015

BAKU. December 15, 2014 (RFE/RL): Award-winning Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who hosts a daily program for RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, has been held in pretrial detention in Baku since December 5 after being accused of encouraging a man to commit suicide -- a charge that has been broadly condemned as a flagrant attempt to silence her critical voice.

She is widely perceived to have often been the target of harassment and intimidation by the Azerbaijani government and pro-government forces for months because of her groundbreaking investigations into corruption at the highest levels of power, including President Ilham Aliyev and his family.

Ismayilova was able to send this brief note from jail to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.

The letter has been edited for style and grammar.

My dear friends!

Here in pretrial detention, my thoughts are with you. My only regret is that here I am restricted from helping you.

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AZAD Event: "Time to Get Tough With Baku: Can US Sanctions Help Azerbaijani Dissidents" (Video)

WASHINGTON. December 12, 2014. Today Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD) is hosting a discussion forum on Azerbaijan to discuss the possibilities of the US sanctions on Azerbaijan to help the deteriorating political situation in the country. The event is titled “Time to get tough with Baku: Can US sanctions help Azerbaijani dissidents?”

Event’s guest speakers include Richard Kauzlarich, the Director of George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, who has served as United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1994 to 1997, and David Kramer, the Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at The McCain Institute, who has most recently worked as President of Freedom House and served as United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2008 to 2009
(Azeri Report).

 

 
Protesters Clashed With Police in Second Largest City of Azerbaijan

GANJA. December 11, 2014: Local residents of the second largest city of Azerbaijan - Ganja - clashed with the police and the local authorities wounding the governor of the Nizami District of Ganja, his deputy and five police officers.  The protests turned into violence as the local government continued implementing the policies of demolishing the houses of the local residents without offering an adeuqate compensation for the condemned properties. The protests have been quelled after the large police forces arrived and dispersed the crowd arresting ten protesters (Azeri Report).

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This Journalist’s Jailing May Mean The End Of Free Speech In Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova worked tirelessly to expose corruption in Azerbaijan’s president’s family and assist activists who came under fire. Now she’s in jail with them.

BAKU. December 11, 2014 (Buzzfeed.com): A court in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, ordered Radio Free Liberty reporter Khadija Ismayilova (pictured above left) to spend two months in pretrial detention on Friday for allegedly nearly driving her boyfriend to suicide.

Her supporters say that the government cooked up the charges to muzzle the media in retribution for her work, which has seen her expose murky business dealings of the president’s family while tirelessly supporting Azerbaijan’s under-fire community of rights activists.

Ismayilova’s jailing may be the nail in the coffin for this small, mostly Muslim post-Soviet country’s civil society movement, which has been driven underground this year by a wave of repressive laws and arrests on spurious charges. Fifteen independent journalists are currently behind bars, while a list of political prisoners stretches to nearly a hundred — including the respected activists who compiled it. With Ismayilova now among them, her supporters fear that critical reporting and activism may simply die out.

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Protesters In Georgia, Moldova Demand Release Of Imrpisoned Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

TBILISI-CHISINAU. December 10, 2014 (RFE/RL): About 50 protesters have demonstrated outside Azerbaijan's embassy in Tbilisi, demanding that Azerbaijan's government release Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.

The demonstrators on December 10 tried to hand a petition to an embassy official, who came out of the building, but the man refused to take it.

Meanwhile, about 20 protesters picketed Azerbaijan's Consulate in Georgia's southwestern city of Batumi on December 10 to demand the journalist's immediate release.

About a dozen of Ismayilova's supporters also rallied in front of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, on December 10.

Azerbaijani authorities on December 5 ordered Ismayilova to be held in pretrial detention for two months.

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Lawyer: Jailed Azerbaijani Activist Yunus Can Barely Walk

BAKU. December 10, 2014 (RFE/RL): A lawyer for Leyla Yunus says the jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist can barely walk and has trouble breathing.

After meeting Yunus at a pretrial detention facility on December 9, lawyer Ramiz Mammadov told RFE/RL that "it took her 30 minutes to walk the 50-meter corridor."

He said Yunus, who he says has Hepatitis C, has received no new prescriptions in the detention center and is now having trouble getting medicine from outside.

Authorities have also refused to give her the results of medical tests.

"She is told the level of diabetes or blood pressure is normal while in fact they are high," Mammadov said. "She tells them, 'You are deceiving me.'"

Yunus, 58, was arrested in July, and her husband, Arif Yunus, was arrested in August.

They are being held separately in pretrial detention on charges of treason and other crimes, which they say are unfounded and politically motivated.

The United States and other Western nations have called for the couple's immediate release.

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Protest Action in DC in Support of Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON, DC. December 9, 2014: Yesterday, on December 8, a group of local journalists and human rights activists organized an action of protest in front of the Azerbaijani Embassy to the United States. The oritesters demanded the immediate release of the imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova.  Khadija Ismayilova, prominent Azerbaijani journalist known for her journalist investigations on corruption involving the family members of the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, was arrested on trumped up charges on December 5 this year. Khadija Ismayilova's colleagues across the globe have started a campaign demanding that the Azerbaijani government immediately released her from jail and dropped all charges against her (Azeri Report).

 
Khadija Ismayilova Targeted As A Journalist, But Also A Human Rights Defender

"If I get arrested..."

By Rebecca Vincent, Radio Azadliq

LONDON. December 7, 2014: As news quickly spreads around the globe about the politically motivated arrest on 5 December of prominent Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, many will focus on her media work. Indeed, Ismayilova has long been one of Azerbaijan’s most courageous and dedicated investigative journalists, and one of the dwindling few willing to explore risky topics, such as corruption among the country’s ruling elite. Her journalistic activities were no doubt a major reason for her arrest. But another aspect of Ismayilova’s work merits attention.

In February this year, while she was being questioned in connection with a separate case against her, Ismayilova published a note titled, ‘If I Get Arrested’, detailing how she wanted advocacy on her case to be handled. She wrote:

“Just in case, I want to remind my request to international community in terms of possible advocacy actions regarding my possible arrest:

Some of you want to help, but can do it only with private diplomacy.

Thank you, but No.

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The Two Faces of Azerbaijan’s Government

By Altay Goyushov, FP

WASHINGTON, DC. December 7, 2014: Azerbaijan’s most famous investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is the latest in a long list of Azerbaijani activists to become political prisoners. Ismayilova, a journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has just been sentenced to two months of administrative detention on charges of driving a fellow reporter to attempt suicide, following, an accusation that observers called “ridiculous.” Ismayilova, a long-term critic of the government who has published numerous reports about official corruption, was denounced as a “traitor” by the head of the presidential administration Ramiz Mehdiyev in a lengthy anti-American treatise that appeared a day earlier.

The article denounces United States democracy assistance efforts as undermining foreign states, and refers to domestic civic organizations as a “fifth column.” Mehdiyev attacks Ismayilova by name, accusing her and her collaborators of devising “anti-Azerbaijan programs” that are “the equivalent of working for foreign security services.” In November, Ismayilova was prevented from participating in a Helsinki Commission hearing on corruption where she was supposed to testify, and earlier in the year she was accused of leaking information to U.S. intelligence officials following a meeting with U.S. Senate staffers.

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Azerbaijani Government Imprisons Khadija Ismayilova on Ludicrous Charges

On ludicrous charges of incitement to suicide, the Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to 2 months pre-trial detention today, Friday, December 5, 2014. She is a well-known independent investigative journalist, who owned many awards.

OSLO December 5, 2014 (Human Rights House Foundation):In a recent conversation with the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), Khadija Ismayilova explained that she was accused of incitement to suicide and that this case brought against her will most certainly be used as an excuse to arrest her. She has now been sentenced to 2 months pre-trial detention, at a court hearing on Friday, 5 December 2014, in Baku.

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RFE/RL Condemns the Arrest of Khadija Ismayilova

BAKU. December 5, 2014 (RFE/RL):  A court in Baku has ordered that an investigative journalist with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, Khadija Ismayilova, be held in pretrial detention for two months.

Ismayilova was summoned to appear in the Sabail District court in Baku court on December 5 over a case in which a man accused her of pressing him to commit suicide.

Nenad Pejic, the editor in chief of RFE/RL, condemned Ismayilova's treatment.

"The arrest and detention of Khadija Ismayilova is the latest attempt in a two-year campaign to silence a journalist who has investigated government corruption and human rights abuses in Azerbaijan," Pejic said. "The charges brought against her today are outrageous. Khadija is being punished for her journalism."

The OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatovic, also assailed Ismayilova's arrest.

"The arrest of Ismayilova is nothing but orchestrated intimidation, which is a part of the ongoing campaign aimed at silencing her free and critical voice,” Mijatovic said.

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Index on Censorship Demands International Action Against the Aliyev Regime in Azerbaijan

Index on Censorship demands the immediate and unconditional release of journalists and human rights defenders in detention. The international community must take action to pressure the country's government to respect freedom of expression.

LONDON. December 5, 2014 (Index on Censorship): The arrest of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova today underscores the entrenched authoritarian instincts of the government of President Ilham Aliyev. Ismayilova was sentenced to a two month pretrial detention.

“The arrest of Khadija Ismayilova is part of Azerbaijan’s continued crackdown on free media and civil society. This confirms the pattern of intimidation and harassment perpetrated by authorities in an attempt to silence critical voices,” Melody Patry, senior advocacy officer at Index on Censorship, said.

Ismayilova’s arrest follows the earlier detentions of human rights defenders Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus; free speech advocate Rasul Jafarov; journalists Seymur Hezi, Parviz Hashimli, Nijat Aliyev and Sardar Alibeyli; and bloggers Omar Mamedov, Abdul Abilov and Rashad Ramazano. The country has starved the 2014 Index award winning Azadliq newspaper of resources, forcing it to suspend its print edition. The charges against all of the detainees range from hooliganism to illegal storage and sale of drugs.

On Friday afternoon, Ismayilova’s usually very active Facebook page was also inaccessible.

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Azerbaijan and the EU: Bogged Down in Acrimony

By Eldar Mamedov, Eurasianet.org

BAKU. December 5, 2014: Relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan are taking a nose-dive, highlighting a gap in expectations.

Long-simmering tension boiled over in late November when Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, lauded Leyla Yunus, an Azerbaijani rights activist. Speaking at a November 26 award ceremony in which the annual Sakharov Prize was given to a Congolese gynaecologist, Schulz characterized Yunus, a finalist for the prize, as a political prisoner and praised her “struggle for dignity and justice.”

Yunus is currently in custody in Azerbaijan and faces charges of
treason and financial irregularities. Her supporters contend that her determined criticism of the government’s continuing crackdown on freedom of speech was the cause for her arrest. Schulz’s swipe at the Azerbaijani government’s rights practices came just a few months after the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the crackdown in Azerbaijan, and calling for the immediate release of political prisoners.

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Gerald Knaus: “EU Should Consider Sanctions Against Azerbaijan”

PRAGUE. December 3, 2014 (Radio Azadlig): Gerald Knaus is the founder of European Stability Initiative (ESI), a Berlin-based think tank working on South-eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. They have published a series of reports on Azerbaijan starting with “Generation Facebook in Baku. Adnan, Emin and the Future of Dissent in Azerbaijan” in 2010. Most recently Gerald Knaus spoke in Oslo at the Sakharov Freedom Award Seminar calling on the European organization and most notably Council of Europe to step up in standing for its core values. Mr. Knaus talked to RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service about the recent developments around the CoE and Azerbaijan.

Q: Last week Elkhan Suleymanov, a leading member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), published an article about ESI. He defended the Council of Europe in general and the secretary general of the institution against your criticism. What do you make of this?

GK: Elkhan Suleymanov is obviously unhappy that we draw attention to an extraordinary situation. In recent months Azerbaijan's human right dissidents have received the most prestigious human rights prizes across Europe. And yet not only are they in jail, but most of them were arrested or sentenced whilst their country was holding the chairmanship of the Council of Europe. This is unprecedented in its history.

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Dec 12 AZAD Event in DC Will Discuss US Sanctions on Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON. December 1, 2014. Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD) will be hosting a discussion forum on Azerbaijan on December 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event is titled “Time to get tough with Baku: Can US sanctions help Azerbaijani dissidents?”

Event’s guest speakers include Richard Kauzlarich, the Director of George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, who has served as United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1994 to 1997, and David Kramer, the Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at The McCain Institute, who has most recently worked as President of Freedom House and served as United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2008 to 2009.

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Azerbaijan Where Justice Is A Prisoner

By Vugar Gojayev, Azadlig.org

BAKU. December 1, 2014: “Those who defend human rights, and political prisoners and report on election fraud and corruption are considered criminals in Azerbaijan. [So,] I am one of those criminals. Do not worry for me. Please, help other political prisoners suffering in jails.”

These are the words of Azerbaijan’s most respectful human rights defender Intigam Aliyev to his colleagues in early August when he was detained on trumped up tax-related criminal charges. As the pace of arrests of government critics had dramatically intensified in summer, Intigam had told me that he was seriously contemplating the prospect of soon landing in jail. 

A passionate advocate for protecting the most vulnerable of our society, Intigam is widely referred as the symbol of an unbreakable commitment to human rights. He has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists, lawyers across the country, briefed on human rights in various European institutions and has given voice to victims of human rights abuses. As chair of the Legal Education Society, Intigam was a legal counsel for dozens of cases against Azerbaijan before the European Court of Human Rights.

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Azerbaijani Police Detains RFE/RL Reporter and Tells Him to be Careful and Support the Government

BAKU. November 28, 2014 (RFE/RL): An RFE/RL correspondent has been briefly detained and questioned by police in Baku, and warned "not to be critical of the government."

Turkhan Karimov says he was stopped near his home on the morning of November 28 by plainclothes police officers who forced him into a vehicle and took him to in Baku's Narimanov district police office.

Karimov was released after several hours of questioning.

He says he was asked about his work and salary, as well as about Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent journalist and government critic.

Karimov says the district police chief warned him to be "careful about what he was doing" and told him "all citizens should support the government."

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Azerbaijani Rights Lawyer Jailed, Opposition Activist Missing

BAKU. November 26, 2014 (RFE/RL): A human rights lawyer activist Elchin Namazov has been sentenced to 15 days in jail in Azerbaijan.

Namazov's brother, Akram, told RFE/RL on November 26 that the activist had been found guilty of disobeying police and sentenced on November 25.

He said he fears his brother, whose office was searched on November 25 by police who confiscated documents, could face further charges.

Meanwhile, representatives of Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party told RFE/RL that a party activist, Asif Yusifli, went missing on November 25.

Colleagues fear that he might have been detained by police.

Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry declined to comment on Yusifli's situation.

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The End of Shame? Azeri Government Attacked for Its Human Rights Record at Sakharov Award Event

OSLO. November 26, 2014: Gerald Knaus, Director of the European Stability Initiative, Germany, held a presentation with the title: The end of shame? Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe and the Capture of Europe, at the Sakharov Freedom Award Seminar arranged by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on 12 November at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. Below is the video of the presentation:

 

(Azeri Report)

 
SOCAR Chief’s Son Practices "Charity" With Government Funds

By Khalid Kazimov, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

BAKU. November 25, 2014: Rashad Abdullayev is one busy 21-year-old.

At an age when many Azerbaijani youths would be happy to land entry-level jobs, he has amassed an impressive resume and an even more impressive portfolio of companies.

He has also set himself up to be perceived as a personal benefactor for Azerbaijani students in Turkey, using not his own money but funds from SOCAR, the state-owned oil company his father heads.

Since arriving in Istanbul in 2010 at the age of 17 to study chemical engineering at Koch University, he started working at SOCAR Trading, which was established by SOCAR to organize sales of Azerbaijani oil in international markets.

Rashad Abdullayev is the son of SOCAR president Rovdag Abdullayev. In the past four years Rashad Abdullayev has landed several jobs in SOCAR-related enterprises.

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Leyla Yunus in Severe Health Condition. Jail Administration Denies Access for Her Treatment

BAKU. November 24, 2014: The health condition of the imprisoned Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus is rapidly deteriorating, said Yunus' lawyer Elchin Gambarov to Turan News Agency on Saturday November 22. Elchin Gambarov said Leyla Yunus lost about 20 pounds of weight since her imprisonment on July 30 this year. Leyla Yunus, a vocal critic of the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, suffers from severe diabetes. The Azerbaijani law enforcement arrested her on July 30 this year based on bogus accusations alleging she and her husband had been spying for Armenia. Leyla Yunus was arrested after she compiled a comprehensive list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and submitted it to international organizations to pressure the Azerbaijani government on human rights issues. The authorities also arrested her husband Arif Yunus, who has a serious heart condition.

The local and international media had earlier reported that since her arrest, Leyla Yunus had been denied an adequate medical attention and even the access to her daily medication. Leyla Yunus' attorney Elchin Gambarov reported that the latest medical reports show Leyla Yunus experiencing serious problems with her liver. He said Leyla Yunus' liver started disintegrating. Turan News Agency reports that Ramiz Mammadov, also legally representing Leyla Yunus, had addressed a formal request to the jail administration to receive the copies of the medical tests performed on Leyla Yunus by the doctors of the jail. However, the jail administration refused to hand in the test results and also refused to register the request from Yunus attorneys, openly violating the laws regarding the procedures of communication between the jail administration and the legal representatives of persons in their custody (Azeri Report).

 

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Heart-Wrenching Meetings of the CE Human Rights Commissioner in Baku

STRASBOURG. November 24, 2014: Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights posted a Facebook status on his recent visit to Azerbaijan and his meeting with the imprisoned Azerbaijani human rights activists in jail. Below is the full text of that status:

I recently returned from one of the most difficult missions of my two-and-a-half year tenure as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. In late October I was in Azerbaijan, the oil-rich country in the South Caucasus, which just finished holding the rotating chairmanship of the 47-member Council of Europe. Most countries chairing the organisation, which prides itself as the continent’s guardian of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, use their time at the helm to tout their democratic credentials. Azerbaijan will go down in history as the country that carried out an unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders during its chairmanship.

All of my partners in Azerbaijan are in jail. It was heart-wrenching to visit Leyla Yunus in pre-trial detention outside of Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. Head of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla is Azerbaijan’s most prominent human rights activist and one of three finalists for this year’s prestigious Sakharov award, granted by the European Parliament. I do not know whether it was due to her cataracts or her emotional distress, but she cried throughout our half-hour meeting. The 58-year old also has diabetes, Hepatitis C, and kidney problems. She was in particular anguish for not having had the chance to see Arif, her husband of 26 years, for more than three months. He is also in pre-trial detention, despite having had a stroke just prior to his arrest.

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Protesters Turn Out for Azerbaijan’s Political Prisoners
By Melody Patry, Index on Censorship
 
LONDON. November 20, 2014: Organisations and individuals from across Europe gathered in front of Azerbaijani embassies on Monday to call for the release of political prisoners and demand Azerbaijan ends its crackdown on civil society.

Index on Censorship, joined by Platform London among others, held a demonstration outside the embassy of Azerbaijan, lighting near 100 candles, one for each political prisoner currently jailed on trumped up charges.


Azerbaijan’s National Revival Day is on 17 November. On this day in 1988, people started demonstrating in Azadliq (Freedom) Square, and the protest grew into a national movement that led to the declaration of national independence from the Soviet Union. Today, 26 years later, the people of Azerbaijan cannot even gather in Freedom Square to ask for the release of political prisoners. Freedom of expression and assembly are repressed, and those who dare speaking up face heavy consequences.

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Where Does Russia Stand on Helicopter Shoot-Down?

BAKU. November 20, 2014 (Eurasianet.org): In Ukraine, Russia is widely seen as a troublemaker intent on destabilizing the government in Kyiv. But when it comes to Nagorno-Karabakh, the longest current conflict in the Caucasus, the Kremlin is expected to act as a force for restraint.
 
In the wake of a
helicopter shoot-down incident on November 12, the Karabakh conflict finds itself at a crossroads, in which the potential for a return to full-scale warfare seems higher than at any point since the signing of a 1994 ceasefire. Azerbaijani forces downed the Armenian helicopter near the ceasefire line of contact, where both countries’ armed forces remain on high alert, and where gunfire exchanges regularly occur.
 
A widely held belief among Azerbaijani policymakers and political analysts is that Russia will be an important, perhaps even decisive, factor in what happens next. They note that Moscow is Armenia’s chief strategic ally and economic patron.
 
Elkhan Shahinoglu, head of Baku’s Atlas Research Center, is among those who think the Kremlin will exert a moderating influence on the Armenian government. “Perhaps Armenia will want to respond to this incident. However, the final decision will be up to Moscow, as always,” Shahinoglu predicted.

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Richard Morningstar Named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s New Global Energy Center

WASHINGTON, DC. November 18, 2014: The Atlantic Council today named Richard Morningstar, the former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, as the founding director of its new Global Energy Center. Morningstar is the latest addition to an expert team the Council is assembling to build its energy initiative, including former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn as the chair of the center’s advisory board, and Cynthia Quartermann, who joins the Council as a distinguished senior fellow following her tenure as the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

In September the New York Times had published an article "Azerbaijan and Think Tanks" showing that Azerbaijani government bought influence with this institution to create a positive image of Ilham Aiyev's authoritarian regime in Azerbaijan. Specifically, the newspaper mentioned a donation by the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to the Atlantic Council, and the Atlantic Council returning the favor by holding an event in July. The event organized by the Atlantic Council announced a conclusion which repeated the propaganda goals of the Azerbaijani government almost verbatim as it was stated in its agreement with the DCI Group,a lobbyist organization which the Azerbaijani Embassy to the United States hired to underline the role of the Ailyev's Azerbaijan as an important western ally: "Azerbaijan’s concerted efforts in recent years demonstrate its value as a NATO partner country.” The participants at the event, including a State Department official, praised Azerbaijan repeatedly as an important security ally of the United States.

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Azerbaijan's Rights Activists on the Brink

By Vugar Gojayev, Eurasianet.org

BAKU. November 15, 2014: When Azerbaijan served as chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, it scoffed at the spirit and purpose of the organization and moved vigorously to squash all forms of free speech at home. Now that Baku no longer holds the top spot, civil society activists are worrying about what Azerbaijani authorities will do next.
 
All civil society actors in Azerbaijan currently are grappling with a daunting dilemma: either stop engaging in rights-related activism or pay a high price, in particular face the prospect of criminal prosecution. Dozens of activists and independent journalists
remain behind bars for no reason other than engaging in rights work or tacitly promoting free speech. At the moment, the country’s jails hold at least 90 political prisoners, almost double the number in Belarus and Russia combined. These prisoners of conscience face a variety of cooked-up charges, including hooliganism, drug possession, tax evasion and treason.
 
Azerbaijan
relinquished its Committee of Ministers chairmanship on November 13. Far from softening its repressive behavior and cleaning up its awful rights record during its six-month tenure, the government stepped up its suppression of internal dissent.

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Azerbaijan in International Media

"Azerbaijan Imprisons an Investigative Journalist," The Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2014

"Azerbaijan Jails Reporter Who Angered Top Officials," by D. Herszenhorn, The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2014

"Duke of York to Meet Azeri Despot Ilham Aliyev for 12th Time," by Jim Armitage, The Independent, Nov. 13, 2014

"Azerbaijan Risks New Armenia Conflict as Chopper Downed," by Z. Agayev and S. Khojoyan, Bloomberg News, Nov. 12, 2014

"Azerbaijan's Human Rights are On a Kinfe Edge," by Thorbjorn Jagland, The Guardian, Nov. 3, 2014

"No Country for Human Rights: Azerbaijan's Increasingly Intolerant Regime," by Gunay Ismayilova and Samir Kazimli, The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2014

"Time for Sanctions on Baku," by David J. Kramer and Richard Kauzlarich, The American Interest, Oct. 2, 2014

"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

December 12, 2014: AZAD Event "Time to Get Tough With Baku: Can US Sanctions Help Azerbaijani Dissidents?"

November 12, 2014: Gerald Knaus Presentation on Azerbaijani Government's Lobbying Efforts with Council of Europe

November 10, 2014: Civic Solidarity Platform: No More Business as Usual for Azerbaijan

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 Event: "The Quest for Democracy in Azerbaijan: Conversation with Jamil Hasanli"

November 7, 2013 - AZAD 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