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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

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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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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Azerbaijani Historian Jamil Hasanli's New Book Published in America

BAKU. November 15, 2014: Jamil Hasanli, distinguished Azerbaijani historian and statesman, presented his new book titled "Khrushchev's Thaw and National Identity in Soviet Azerbaijan 1954-1959". The book has been published under the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series. The book shed light to interesting period of time in the history of Azerbaijan during the early post-Stalin era. Previously frozen under the mortal threat of Stalinist persecution, various forms of national self-expression began to experience rapid revival under the Khrushchev thaw. Encouraged by the winds of change at the Center, the Azeris cautiously began to reclaim possession of their administrative domain. Among other local initiatives, the declaration of the Azerbaijani language as the official language was one step that stood out in its audacity, for it was not pre-arranged with the Kremlin and defied the modus operandi of the Soviet leadership. Somewhat reformist in his intentions yet ignorant of the non-Slavic peripheries, Mr. Khrushchev had not foreseen the scenarios that would unfold as a result of its new tone and the developments that would come to be interpreted as the rise of nationalism in the republics. Jamil Hasanli’s research on 1950’s Azerbaijan sheds light on this watershed period in Soviet history while also furnishing the reader with a greater understanding of the root causes of the dissolution of the USSR.

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Azerbaijan Downs Armenian Military Helicopter Over Nagorny Karabakh

Baku. November 13, 2014: (AFP) - Armenia threatened 'grave consequences' after Azerbaijani forces shot down a military helicopter, sparking fears of a major escalation in the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

The downing of the helicopter belonging to the army of the breakaway ethnic Armenian region is the most serious incident on the Karabakh border since a 1994 ceasefire ended a bloody war that cost 30,000 lives.

Armenian media reported that the helicopter's three crew members were all killed.

"A MI-24 combat helicopter attempted to attack positions of the Azerbaijani army near (Karabakh's) Agdam district," Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement.

"The helicopter has been shot down by the Azerbaijani army," it said, adding that the wreckage fell on territory held by ethnic Armenians.

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OSCE Urges Azerbaijan to Stop Repression of Free Media

By Margarita Antidze (Reuters)

TBILISI. November 11, 2014: Europe's main security and rights watchdog urged Azerbaijan on Monday to stop an intensifying crackdown on independent media and human rights activists.

Rights advocates accuse veteran President Ilham Aliyev's government of muzzling dissent and jailing opponents, charges it denies. The West has actively courted the energy-rich ex-Soviet republic as an alternative to Russia in supplying oil and gas.

"Practically all independent media representatives and media NGOs have been purposefully persecuted under various, often unfounded and disturbing charges," Dunja Mijatovic, media representative of the 57-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said in a statement.

She spoke after Azeri blogger Mehman Huseynov was detained at Baku international airport earlier in the day while trying to depart for Georgia to attend the 11th South Caucasus Media Conference on the invitation of the OSCE.

Huseynov, who works at the Baku-based Azeri Institute Of Reporters' Liberty and Safety, was released after several hours of questioning. In 2012 he was hit with a three-year travel ban after being convicted of resisting and insulting police.

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Civic Solidarity Platform Urges Council of Europe to Confront Azerbaijan's Human Rights Violations

PRAGUE. November 10, 2014: The Civic Solidarity Platform uniting 65 human rights organizations across the OSCE region prepared a video-appeal to the Council of Europe calling it to stop giving Azerbaijan a 'business as usual' treatment and address this country's blatant human rights violations.  Below is the video material prepared by the Civic Solidarity Platform:

(Azeri Report)

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Azerbaijani Opposition Rallies Against Crackdown

BAKU. November 9, 2014: Thousands of opposition supporters have gathered in Baku to protest against the Azerbaijani government and demand the release of "political prisoners."

The November 9 rally at Mahsul Stadium was organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan, a pro-democracy movement.

Speakers addressed the crowd from a stage that displayed pictures of detained and jailed rights activists, independent journalists, and opposition politicians with the words "Free Political Prisoners" written on a banner.

Police asked organizers not to call for the resignation of President Ilham Aliyev during the rally and when the crowd started to chant "Aliyev Resign!" power was cut so that speakers on stage could not use microphones to address the gathering.

Chairman of the Popular Front Party Ali Kerimli called on the international community not to close its eyes to political repression in Azerbaijan.

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Azerbaijan Prevents Counsel from Defending Jailed Human Rights Activist

WASHINGTON, DC. November 8, 2014: In response to Azerbaijan prohibiting a series of defense lawyers from representing Leyla Yunus, a human rights activist now jailed on spurious charges of treason, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The government of Azerbaijan's blatant disrespect for rule of law when human rights activists are charged with serious crimes demonstrates the government's fear of independent civil society,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “The government is not only making a mockery of its judicial system by bringing dubious charges against Yunus and other political prisoners, jailing the defendants for lengthy periods of pre-trial detention, and now denying Yunus the right to legal counsel of her choice. It also shows that it fears its own citizens.

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Azerbaijani Prosecutor's Office Barred Second Lawyer from Defending Leyla Yunus

BAKU. November 6, 2014: A second lawyer has been barred from defending jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus.

Khalid Bagirov told RFE/RL that he was not allowed to meet with his client in a pretrial detention center in Baku on November 5.

He said he was told he had been barred from defending Yunus by Azerbaijan's the prosecutor-general, but no reason was given.

Last week, Yunus said that another lawyer, Javad Javadov, had been barred from representing her in court.

Yunus, 58, is a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record.

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Group of International Organizations Condemn Arrest of Azeri Journalist Khalid Garayaev

BAKU. November 4, 2014: On 30 October a Baku court sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention on trumped-up charges of hooliganism and disobeying the police, dealing a new blow to Azerbaijan’s independent media at a time when its civil society is being subjected to an unprecedented crackdown.

A reporter for the leading opposition daily Azadlig and producer of “Azerbaycan Saati,” a TV programme linked to the newspaper that is broadcast by satellite from abroad, Garayev was sentenced just a day after his arrest.

ARTICLE19, the European Federation of Journalists, Freedom House, Index on Censorship,International Media Support, Media Diversity Institute, Reporters Without Borders and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers – all members of the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan (IPGA) – call for Garayev’s release on appeal and condemn the witch hunt against journalists who work for Azadlig and “Azerbaycan Saati.”

Arrested on the evening of 29 October in the Baku suburb of Binagadi, Garayev was charged under articles 296 and 310.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The indictment said he was heard using vulgar language outside a supermarket in the centre of Binagadi and refused to comply with instructions from the police.

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IMF Predicts Economic Slowdowns In Caucasus, Central Asia

WASHINGTON, DC. November 4, 2014: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts economic growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia will slow by an average of one percentage point this year due to the slowdown in Russia.

Speaking in Almaty November 4, Juha Kahkonen, deputy director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department, said the projected drop "stems from the economic slowdown and increased geopolitical risks in Russia, coupled with weaker domestic demand."

The IMF predicts gross domestic product growth among oil exporters Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan will slow from 6.8 percent in 2013 to 5.6 percent this year

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‘Every Civil Society Leader In Azerbaijan Is In Trouble’

By Emily Thompson, RFE/RL

BAKU. October 31, 2014: Rights groups say authorities in Azerbaijan have unleashed a campaign of repression in recent months, putting the country’s most visible and influential independent activists and advocates behind bars.

Among the most prominent is human rights activist Leyla Yunus, who was arrested and imprisoned with her husband Arif this summer.

As head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy, Yunus has been an outspoken advocate for dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan and on behalf of political prisoners, positions that have placed her in conflict with the country’s leaders. She was arrested on charges of treason that are widely viewed as politically motivated and punitive.

Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova, who has reported extensively on the financial interests of the family of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, is herself a frequent target of attacks in official media, on-line smear tactics, and threats of physical harm and arrest. She was accused of spying for the United States after meeting with U.S. Senate staffers in Baku in February, and is currently subject to a travel ban on opaque legal grounds that prevents her from leaving Azerbaijan. RFE/RL spoke with Ismayilova by phone about the causes and implications of what rights groups describe as “a brutal crackdown.

RFE/RL: Do you have any new information on the status of your travel ban?

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Engaging or Shaming Azerbaijan?

WASHINGTON, DC. October 30, 2014: Washington debates over responding effectively to Baku’s crackdown on activists

Washington officials, leading rights campaigners agree that more need to be done to stop Azerbaijan’s escalated pressure on human rights activists and NGOs. Unfortunately, they can’t agree on how...

The topic of the western response to Azerbaijan’s ongoing pressure against rights activists and civil society groups was discussed during the event called “Broader Implications of the Human Rights Crackdown in Azerbaijan” organized by Freedom House and Open Society Foundations in the US capital on October 27, TURAN’s Washington correspondent Alakbar Raufoglu reports.

For rights campaigners, such as Gerald Knaus, the founder of the European Stability Initiative, a Berlin-based think-tank working on European enlargement, the method of “naming and shaming” gross violators of basic human rights in Azerbaijan would provide the victims a voice and solidarity with the international community.

“Time to start looking at the tools [that the US has] on hands, such as implementing Magnitsky-style sanctions against Azerbaijan, as the country now has more political prisoners than even Russia and Belarus,“ one of the speakers emphasized…

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Azerbaijani Police Arrested Yet Another Local Journalist Critical of Ilham Aliyev's Policies

BAKU. October 29, 2014: Today, at about 9 pm, Azerbaijani police arrested Khalid Garayev, the anchor of the opposition Internet-TV "Azerbaycan saati" (Azerbaijan's Hour).  Khalid Garayev is also the journalist of the opposition "Azadlig" (Freedom) newspaper.  The Azerbaijani government has already arrested the lead anchor of the Azerbaijan Saati Seymur Hazi. Natig Adilov, another anchor of the Azeraijan Saati had to flee the country now living and working abroad Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani police decided to still go after Natig Adilov, by planting drugs in his brother's house and arresting him on drug charges.  Murad Adilov has not been politically active and the sole reason for him becoming the target of the Aliyev regime is his relation to Natig Adilov. 

With the arrest of Khalid Garayev, the Azerbaijani government is sending a clear signal to the Azerbaijani society that it is intent to prevent the broadcasting of Azerbaijan Saati's programs at all costs.  Khalid Garayev's arrest came right after the resumption of the broadcasting of Azerbaijan Saati's programs which had been effectively disrupted after the arrest of its lead anchor Seymur Hazi (Azeri Report).

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European Rights Body Urges Azerbaijan to Halt Pressure on Activists

By Margarita Antidze, Reuters

 

TBILISI. October 27, 2014: The plight of human rights activists in Azerbaijan is worsening and Baku should revise some of its legislation to provide better protection, a European rights watchdog said on Monday.

 

Rights groups accuse the government of veteran leader Ilham Aliyev of muzzling dissent and jailing opponents, charges it denies. The West has actively courted the energy-rich ex-Soviet republic as an alternative to Russia in supplying oil and gas.

 

Nils Muiznieks, human rights commissioner at the 47-nation non-executive Council of Europe, said a crackdown on activists this year was a "very worrying turn that must stop immediately".

 

"What I see is that the human rights situation in Azerbaijan is far from acceptable and, unless it changes for the better, human beings will continue to endure unnecessary suffering," Muiznieks said in emailed answers to questions from Reuters.

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Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azerbaijani Ties At Columbia University Event

By Carl Schreck, RFE/RL

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 24, 2014: A political scientist’s ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR sparked a testy exchange at a Columbia University discussion on European energy on October 23 when a student asked the scholar about her ties to the firm.

Brenda Shaffer, a professor at Israel's University of Haifa, responded to a question about her failure to disclose her links to SOCAR by grilling her interlocutor -- journalist and Columbia graduate student Casey Michel -- about his cholesterol, love life, and finances.

“Part of the American way is a right to privacy,” Shaffer replied. “Like, if I asked you, Casey, 'OK, what’s your wife’s name? What school do you go to? Who funds your scholarship right now? Where do you work? How do you pay your meals? … What’s your cholesterol count?’ There’s nothing to be ashamed of in any of those answers.”

The sharp response came during a question-and-answer session at an event titled “Southern Gas Corridor: Progress and Challenges” held in New York at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy. The event’s main speaker was SOCAR Deputy Vice President Vitaliy Baylarbayov.

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Brenda Shaffer's Conflicts of Interest

By Casey Michel, Caseymichel.com

WASHINGTON, DC. October 24, 2014: On Thursday morning, the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University hosted a discussion on the status of the Southern Gas Corridor. Dr. Vitaliy Baylarbayov, the deputy vice president from SOCAR, Azerbaijan’s state-run hydrocarbon company, led the discussion, and Jesse McCormick, associate director for the Center on Global Energy Policy, moderated. The panel was rounded out by Brenda Shaffer, whose position remained unclear. Mr. McCormick introduced her as a “panelist,” but she corrected him that she was a “moderator.” She was not listed as moderator – she was not listed at all – in the Center on Global Energy Policy’s release on its website.

I’ll refrain from analysis of her presence at the moment, other than to point to this article on Prof. Shaffer’s recent history of non-disclosure of her time as an “advisor to the president of SOCAR for strategic affairs.” No disclosure was made of her affiliation with SOCAR at today's discussion until I brought it up. I have, instead, transcribed my questions and her response, as well as Mr. McCormick’s attempts to interject. The response from Dr. Baylarbayov was not included, since it was not pertinent, and the ah’s and uh’s of the back-and-forth have been cleaned up.

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Human Rights Watch: France Should Urge Azerbaijani President to Free Political Prisoners

PARIS. October 23, 2014 (HRW.org): President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan, Human Rights Watch said today. The four are among dozens thrown behind bars in the government’s escalating crackdown on its critics.

Hollande will meet with Aliyev in Paris on October 27, 2014, for a summit convened by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily ethnic Armenian-populated autonomous enclave in Azerbaijan.

“Hollande has a crucial opportunity he should not miss to raise human rights issues with Azerbaijan’s president,” said
Jean-Marie Fardeau, Paris director at Human Rights Watch. “The charges against these activists in Azerbaijan are politically motivated, and Hollande’s voice is badly needed to help secure their freedom.”

The four activists – Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif; Intigam Aliyev; and Rasul Jafarov – are among the country’s most prominent human rights defenders.

In an October 17
letter, Human Rights Watch urged Hollande to call on Aliyev to release the four before his visit to France.

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Is The Clock Ticking For Azerbaijan's Leadership?

By Liz Fuller, RFE/RL

PRAGUE. October 22, 2014: One year after the presidential ballot in which incumbent Ilham Aliyev was reelected for a third term, Azerbaijan's opposition National Council of Democratic Forces (NSDS) convened a mass meeting in Baku on October 12 to protest the unprecedentedly harsh crackdown launched by the authorities in the wake of that vote.

Human Rights Watch calculates that since Azerbaijan assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Council of Europe on May 1, the government has "dramatically escalated its attack on activists, with [the] authorities arresting at least 11 people"  and jailing at least nine others on politically motivated charges following "flawed trials."

That wave of arrests has elicited criticism not just from human rights watchdogs such as Human Rights Watch, but also from the European parliament and U.S. President Barack Obama. Former U.S. Ambassador to Baku Richard Kauzlarich called earlier this month for the U.S. to impose sanctions in the form of a law modelled on the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act.

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Arrests and Pardons in Azerbaijan

By Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet.org

BAKU. October 22, 2014: Azerbaijan’s government had been pushed hard to free several jailed young activists, but their release last week left a bitter aftertaste in the repressive Caucasus republic. The European Union welcomed the October-17 amnesty, but government critics say Azerbaijani officials made an unsavory show out of it.

Four young democracy activists had to address a letter of repentance to their President Ilham Aliyev to be included in the list of 80 prisoners pardoned by the president. Upon release, two of the young men, Bahtiyar Guliyev and Elsevar Mursalli,  brought flowers to the grave of President Aliyev’s father and predecessor, Heydar Aliyev. 

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Azerbaijani Government Makes Political Prisoners Bow to Founder of Dictatorship in Azerbaijan

BAKU. October 20, 2014: Three members of the Azerbaijani pro-democracy youth organization NIDA -- Elsever Mursalli, Bakhtiyar Guliyev, and Shahin Novruzlu -- were released from prison on October 18 following a presidential pardon. Two of those political prisoners - Elsever Mursalli and Bakhtiyar Guliyev - made statements during their release ceremony expressing their support for the president Ilham Aliyev's policies. Immediately after the their release from prison, Elsever Mursalli and Bakhtiyar Guliyev, accompanied by the director of the pentientiary center where they served their time, visited the grave of Heydar Aliyev, the late president and the father of the incumbent president Ilham Aliyev.  Shahin Novruzlu, the youngest political prisoner, also NIDA activist, did not join Mursalli and Guliyev and went directly home, to attend the funeral of his father who had passed away from a heart attack several days before Shahin's release from jail.

Breaking the will of the political prisoners to have them bow in front of Heydar Aliyev's statue in exchange for their freedom is turning into a routine practice by the Aliyev governemnt to symbolize the triumph of the regime over its political oppponents.

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Human Rights Watch Demands Immediate Release of Leyla and Arif Yunus From Jail

BERLIN. October 20, 2014 (HRW): A hearing on whether to extend the pretrial detention of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist is expected during the week of October 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Leyla Yunus, who is in ailing health, has been held since July 30 and her husband, Arif, also ailing, since August 5, both on politically motivated charges.

The
Azerbaijan authorities should immediately release both the Yunuses and drop the charges against them, Human Rights Watch said. The government should investigate Leyla Yunus’s allegations of ill-treatment in custody and hold those responsible accountable.

“The arbitrary detention of Leyla and Arif Yunus is a travesty and a clear attempt by the Azerbaijan government to silence them with bogus charges,” said
Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government needs to free them immediately and drop the charges.”

Yunus, director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, was sent to pretrial custody for three months when the couple was arrested on July 30. A court is set to rule on whether to extend her pretrial detention period the week of October 20, but the date of the hearing has not been announced.

The arrests of the Yunuses occurred amid Azerbaijan’s
fierce and ongoing crackdown on independent voices, including human rights defenders, independent journalists, bloggers, and political activists.

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Daughter of Imprisoned Azerbaijani Activists Worries for Their Lives

By Asgar Asgarov, VOA

WASHINGTON, DC. October 18, 2014: Leyla and Arif Yunus are in pre-trial detention in Azerbaijan on high treason and other charges that supporters say are blatantly false — a view shared by human rights group Amnesty International, which has named them “prisoners of conscience.”

Leyla Yunus is one the three finalists this year for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. She is also a recipient of this year’s Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award, which the Norwegian Helsinki Committee awarded collectively to all of Azerbaijan’s political prisoners.

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department called on Azerbaijan “to respect the rule of law” and release Leyla and Arif Yunus, citing their deteriorating health and what it called “continued threats to Leyla Yunus’ physical security.”

VOA Azerbaijani Service's Asgar Asgarov interviewed their Amsterdam-based daughter Dinara Yunus by email about her fears for her parents' safety and health.

Asgar Asgarov: When did you last speak with your parents? Have you been able to communicate with them since their arrests?

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Thomas Melia: U.S. In 'Stern Conversations' With Azerbaijan

PRAGUE. October 17, 2014 (RFE/RL): A U.S. State Department official says the United States has engaged in "stern conversations" with Azerbaijani officials about crackdowns on rights organizations in the Caucasus country.

Thomas Melia, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, said U.S. officials have been emphasizing in conversations with Azerbaijan that recent harassment of international and Azerbaijani nongovernmental organizations is "unacceptable."

Speaking to "Current Time," a joint television production of RFE/RL and VOA, on the sidelines of the Forum 2000 event in Prague this week, Melia said the United States has been telling Azerbaijan's government the "key to longer-term stability and prosperity is citizen participation in public affairs."

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Ilham Aliyev Signed Pardoning Decree Releasing Several Political Prisoners From Jail

BAKU. October 17, 2014: The Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev signed a pardoning decree releasing 84 persons from jail.  The decree largely covers the non-political convictions and affects only several of 98 political prisoners currently held in Azerbaijan's jails.  The new pardoning decree released Shahin Novruzlu, the youngest of the imprisoned NIDA activists whose father recently passed away from a heart attack. Bakhtiyar Guliyev, another NIDA activist (under the government pressures he renounced his NIDA membership while in prison), and the blogger Elsever Mursalli are among those who were pardoned under the presidential decree. All the released activists wrote a petition for clemency and in June and July of this year and made ​​statements about leaving the NIDA and expressing support for the policies of Ilham Aliyev government.

The head of the  NGOs in Ganja "Enlightenment Center "Intelligent Citizen", Hasan Huseynli, has also been pardoned (Azeri Report).

 
U.S. State Department Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Release Leyla and Arif Yunus from Jail

WASHINGTON, DC. October 16, 2014: U.S. Department of State issued a press statement expressing concerns over the imprisonment conditions of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and called on the Azerbaijani government to release Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus and other political prisoners from jail. Below is the full text of the statement posted on U.S. State Department's website:

The United States is alarmed that human rights defender Leyla Yunus remains in pre-trial detention in Azerbaijan, without access to necessary medical care, despite her deteriorating health. We are also especially concerned about continued threats to Leyla Yunus’ physical security. On humanitarian grounds, we urge the Government of Azerbaijan to immediately grant Leyla Yunus access to independent medical evaluation and care, security, and improved conditions. We also urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the rule of law and to release those incarcerated for exercising fundamental freedoms, starting with those with serious medical conditions.

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Human Rights Watch Condemns Azeri Government's New Efforts to Crush Independent Groups

NEW YORK. October 14, 2014 (HRW News): Draft amendments to limit funding of independent groups under Azerbaijan’s already harsh laws would make it nearly impossible for them to operate. These moves come as a prominent international coalition, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), is to decide at a board meeting in Naypyidaw, Burma on October 14 and 15, 2014, what action to take on Azerbaijan’s membership in response to its intensifying crackdown.

EITI is an international coalition to encourage better governance of resource-rich countries by fostering open public debate about how oil, gas, and mining revenues are used.
EITI rules for candidates and participating countries require respect for fundamental freedoms.

The initiative relies on the participation of governments, companies, and independent organizations at all levels, and free and active civil society participation is one of its cornerstones. For the past year the government of oil-rich Azerbaijan has been
impeding the activities of independent groups, flouting its commitments as an EITI member.

“EITI’s leadership should suspend Azerbaijan and make clear what needs to change before it will consider lifting the suspension,” said
Lisa Misol, senior business and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Azerbaijani government’s latest move to crush independent groups confirms that it has no regard for its human rights obligations or its international transparency commitments.”

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Ali Huseynli: We No Longer Need Extensive Activities of Foreign Donors in Azerbaijan

BAKU. October 14, 2014 (Azeri Report): Ali Huseynli (also Huseynov), chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on Legal Policy, gave interview to APA News Agency stating that Azerbaijan no longer needed the "extensive activities of foreign donors" in Azerbaijan. Ali Huseynov is the author of the newly enacted Drakonian laws which effectively stopped the work of nonprofit organizations in the country. Interestingly, Ali Huseynov, is also one of few Azerbaijani politicians, who has long been groomed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a "reformist" within the Azerbaijani government. In 2012, Ali Huseynov's GONGO called Confederation of Azerbaijani Lawyers was the largest recipient of the USAID grant ($1.5 million). Below is the full text of Ali Huseynov's interview to APA. The language and grammer of the text of the interview is untouched:

Ali Huseynli: We no longer see need for such extensive activities of foreign donors in Azerbaijan

Baku. Mubariz Aslanov – APA. Chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on legal policy and state-building Ali Huseynli’s interview to APA.

- Intensive discussions are underway in Azerbaijan on the amendments, made to the legislation regarding non-governmental organizations. What is your position on this issue?

- Foreign non-governmental organizations’ activities in Azerbaijan have been regulated by our legislation so far.

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Azerbaijan in International Media

"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

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'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