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A Man Like Khadija - by Seymur Hazi
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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Azerbaijan Prolongs Journalist Khadija Ismayilova's Pretrial Detention

BAKU. January 27, 2015: A court in Azerbaijan has prolonged the pretrial detention period for Khadija Ismayilova, a jailed investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL.

The Sabayil District Court in Baku ruled on January 27 that Ismayilova's pretrial detention, which had been due to expire on February 5, wll be extended for another two months.

Ismayilova was arrested on December 5 and ordered held in pretrial detention for two months on suspicion of inciting an attempted suicide. Her supporters say the case is politically motivated.

A day before Ismayilova's arrest, on December 4, Azeri Presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Mehdiyev publicly accused Ismayilova of treason.

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George Soros to Ilham Aliyev: Loosen Your Stranglehold Over Civil Society in Azerbaijan

DAVOS. January 23, 2015: Yesterday, January 22, George Soros, founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations, met with the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev in Davos and voiced his concerns over the Azerbaijani government’s crackdown on civil society institutions. Immediately after the meeting, the Open Society Foundations issued a statement slamming the Azerbaijani government for the crackdown on the civil society institutions in the country. Below is the full text of that statement:

The Open Society Foundations are deeply concerned about the intensifying campaign against civil society in Azerbaijan, including the detention of several prominent human rights activists.

Over the past few months, Azerbaijan’s government has arrested dozens of political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, and lawyers and falsely charged them with crimes ranging from misappropriation of funds to treason. Some have already received lengthy prison sentences.

Among those arrested are:

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President Ilham Aliyev Denies Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan at a Press Conference in Berlin

BERLIN. January 22, 2015: Yesterday, January 21, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, after his meeting with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev dismissed criticism of his country's rights records, saying that freedom of the press and other human rights are "guaranteed" in Azerbaijan.

Aliyev said press is free in Azerbaijan and although no country is perfect, his country is successfully dealing with all the challenges. "I told Ms. Chancellor that no country can consider itself a perfect one in protecting the human rights. There are problems in any country, including Azerbaijan. What is important is to see how these problems are resolved and what is the intention of the government. No one is persecuted in Azerbaijan for his or her critical thoughts or any thoughts in general," said Ilham Aliyev. The Azerbaijani president pointedly dismissed the low press-freedom ranking on lists made by international human rights groups.

Ilham Aliyev cited his own popularity in Azerbaijan, claiming that presidential election results "proved" that the people approve of him, saying that "more than 90 percent of the population backs me."

Towards the end of the press conference, Azerbaijani Diaspora activist Hebib Muntezir loudly addressed the president Aliyev calling on him to free the political prisoners, existence of whom the Azerbaijani president denies.

As Ilham Alliyev was making his speech,a group of human rights activists were protesting to Ilham Aliyev's human rights abuses in a protest action organized by the Reporters Without Borders outside the press conference building.

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Human Rights Watch: Merkel Should Press Aliyev for Rights

BERLIN. January 20, 2015 (HRW Press): – Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel should urge president Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free leading human rights defenders, journalists, and other government critics jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan, Human Rights Watch said today. Merkel is scheduled to meet Aliyev in Berlin on January 21, 2015, to discuss bilateral relations, energy policy, and other issues.

In a staggering
crackdown on critical voices, Azerbaijani authorities arrested and imprisoned more than 30 government critics in 2014 alone. The country has also adopted legislative changes and other restrictive measures to virtually close space for independent groups.

“Merkel should not miss this opportunity to urge Azerbaijan’s president, in public and in private, to end this attack on human rights” said
Hugh Williamson
, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The charges against these activists are politically motivated. Merkel could make a difference in securing their freedom.”

 

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Political Prisoner Seymur Hazi Writing from Prison: "A Man Like Khadija"

BAKU. January 19, 2015: Seymur Hazi, political prisoner, anchor of the opposition Azerbaijan Saati (Azerbaijan Hour) TV Program, journalist of the opposition newspaper Azadliq, wrote a letter from prison which was published at the newspaper Azadliq. Below is his letter:

I am feeling OK in the prison. I have no complaints about my health and general mood. There is nothing different besides that I miss my friends and relatives. I think about what is going around and read much. I wouldn’t like to waste my time. I don’t know how much time I will have to spend here, so I don’t want to lose this time completely. My advice to the youth in freedom is that they should not waste their time no matter what conditions you have to face.

Occasionally, I get some newspapers. Recently, in one of those newspapers I read the letter Khadija Ismayilova wrote from prison and I was impressed. Maybe the very first reason is that we are very close here distance wise. Here, in Kurdakhani jail, the distance between us is barely 100 feet. Maybe, even less. The author of the letter I was reading in the newspaper is kept some 100 feet away from me.

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Azerbaijan's Government Newspaper Slams United States and the Obama Administration

BAKU. January 16, 2015 (Azadliq.org): In response to the New York Times article “The Two Faces of Azerbaijan’s Mr. Aliyev” one of Azerbaijan's state media outlets was quick to respond. The government outlet “Azerbaijan” published the following piece, “The Two Faces of Barack Obama” two days later. Following the country's Chief of Staff, Ramiz Mehdiyev's 60-page diatribe accusing the West and in particular the United States, this article too questions U.S. credibility and President Obama's true intentions as the leader of the world's superpower.

Below is the compilation of quotes translated from the original piece. 

"In 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. This happened only nine months after Obama was elected. US’s first Afro-American leader promised to leave behind the country’s one-sided foreign policy and instead including the US, protect the interests of other world countries. He even promised to sit at a negotiation table with Iran and close down Guantanamo prison. Many in the world praised Obama as the leader of peace and continuous stability. But as some say, only the greatest personalities realize their high ideals with their actions and work.     

An article in Foreign Affairs “The end of Hypocrisy: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks” by George Washington University professors Marta Finnemore and assistant professor Henri Farrell illustrate Obama Administration’s hypocritical foreign policy. The authors claim “hypocrisy – assuring others in the legitimacy of one’s actions is an important part of Washington’s “soft power” approach”. Only after Bradley Manning and Snowden revelations “Washington faced what can be described as an accelerating hypocrisy collapse -- a dramatic narrowing of the country’s room to maneuver between its stated aspirations and its sometimes sordid pursuit of self-interest.”

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Rasul Jafarov Remains in Detention Facility Despite Lawyer's Request for House Arrest

BAKU. January 15, 2015 (Azadliq.org): January 15, Baku Court of Grave Crimes held its preliminary hearing on the case of the human rights activist Rasul Jafarov.

A double metal cage was installed in the court room to prevent people from approaching Rasul Jafarov who was kept inside during the trial.

Jafarov’s lawyer, Fariz Namazli filed a motion to suspend the court proceedings due to lack of evidence. The motion was rejected. To this, Namazli offered to provide additional documents proving Jafarov’s innocence.

Jafarov’s lawyer requested the replacement of detention with a house arrest now that the investigation is complete. However this motion along with others was too dismissed by the public prosecutor.

Next hearing is scheduled for January 27.

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U.S. Congressman Urges Azerbaijan To Free Jailed Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON, DC. January 14, 2015 (RFE/RL): A U.S. congressman has urged Azerbaijan to release jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova and criticized its crackdown on RFE/RL's Baku bureau.

Ismayilova’s detention last month and a subsequent raid on RFE/RL offices are among "a series of steps by the Azerbaijani government to limit free media and public discourse,” U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (Republican-California) said in a January 13 statement.

Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging threats, said releasing Ismayilova “would be a step in the right direction and a sign of Azerbaijan’s positive intentions.”

Ismayilova, an investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor, was detained December 5 on charges of inciting an attempted suicide. A court ordered that she be held for two months pretrial.

Her supporters say the case is politically motivated.

Other U.S. officials have said they are troubled by Baku's recent crackdown on activists and media. -0-

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NED Event: "The Crackdown on Independent Voices in Azerbaijan" (Livestream)

WASHINGTON, DC. January 12, 2015: Today, The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy is holding a discussion forum titled "The Crackdown on Independent Voices in Azerbaijan." The featured speakers of the event are Altay Goyushov, Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow, National Endowment for Democracy, professor of Turkic History, Baku State University, Kenan Aliyev, director of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, Audrey Aldstadt, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Catherine Cosman, senior policy analyst, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor United States Department of State, Miriam Lanskoy, director of Russia and Eurasia Programs, National Endowment for Democracy. The event is moderated by Christopher Walker, executive director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of NED (Azeri Report).

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Dinara Yunus: “It is Really Hard to Know That Your Whole Family is Behind Bars

BAKU. January 10, 2015 (Azadliq Radio): Azadliq Radio: Your parents are in jail for five months now. How are you holding up?

Dinara Yunus: These past five months were emotionally difficult and challenging for me. I have not been able to wish my mom a happy birthday, we could not celebrate my parents' 37th wedding anniversary, we couldn't celebrate the new year together, and now with my dad's approaching birthday I feel really down. My mom's mistreatment in jail worries me a lot. Having no news from my dad feels like he has been completely cut out of my life.

Q: When was the last time you saw your parents?

In person the last time I saw my mum was in fall of 2013, when she was preparing for an eye surgery in Germany. My dad I saw in November of 2013 here in Amsterdam. But we skyped often.

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Azerbaijani Government Rejects U.S. Criticism as Crackdown on Dissent Tests Ties

By Zulfugar Agayev, Bloomberg News

BAKU. January 9, 2015: Azerbaijan, which has the most imprisoned journalists in the former Soviet Union, rejected U.S. criticism of its crackdown on civil society and media and denounced what it calls efforts to sow strife in countries under the guise of promoting democracy.

“As a modern Muslim nation striding on the path of democracy, Azerbaijan wants to be accepted as it is and not the way others would want it to look,” Ali Hasanov, head of the political department at President Ilham Aliyev’s office, said in an e-mailed response to questions. “Azerbaijan has never bowed to pressure or threats. It never will.”

The rift is adding to strains between the U.S. and some former Soviet republics as a grinding conflict in Ukraine and angst over Russian expansionism revive security concerns in the region. Russia has courted the Azeri leadership even as U.S. President Barack Obama in September singled out the country as a place where “laws make it incredibly difficult for NGOs even to operate.”

Relations between the U.S. and the Caspian Sea nation have been on the rocks in the past several months as the Azeri government arrested opposition activists, lawyers and journalists using what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have described as bogus charges to silence dissent. The former Soviet Union’s third-biggest oil producer provides the only westward route for central Asian crude that bypasses Russia via a U.S.-backed pipeline.

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The Kite Runner Author Khalid Hosseini Calls to Release Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

NEW YORK. January 7, 2015 (The Guardian): The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini has described the freedom to write without fear of persecution as “sacred” as he adds his voice to the growing international chorus calling for the release of Azerbaijani journalist and translator Khadija Ismayilova.

Ismayilova is an award-winning investigative journalist and critic of the Azerbaijani government, who contributes to Radio Free Europe as well as other outlets. She was arrested a month ago in Baku, Azerbaijan for allegedly inciting a man to suicide, and sentenced to two months in pre-trial detention, with a potential prison sentence of up to seven years.

Ismayilova also translated Hosseini’s The Kite Runner into Azeri. The bestselling novelist said that the “Azerbaijani government’s many attempts to silence Khadija and strip her of this freedom speak volumes about her courage and influence in the face of extreme oppression”, adding that “as a writer, I value as sacred the freedom to write and share ideas without fear of persecution, a liberty essential to any sort of meaningful dialogue”.

International writers’ group PEN’s American Center said the charges against Ismayilova were “spurious”, and “aimed to silence her unyielding efforts to expose corruption and other government abuses”. Just before her arrest, said PEN, the chief of staff to President Ilham Aliyev issued a 60-page statement, accusing Ismayilova of a “destructive attitude toward well-known members of the Azerbaijani community” in service of foreign patrons.

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Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

By Till Bruckner, Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, DC. December 31, 2014: When the American ambassador to oil-rich Azerbaijan opened a veterinary laboratory in the small town of Goygol earlier this year, the U.S. embassy put out a press release to commemorate the landmark event. When Azerbaijan's government detained the country's most prominent investigative journalist earlier this month, barely a whisper was heard from America's diplomats.

Khadija Ismayilova, whose investigations into corruption cases involving the ruling family of the Caspian nation have won her an award for 'Courage in Journalism', has faced persecution by the authorities before, most notoriously when they tried to blackmail her by secretly filming her having sex and threatening to post the footage online. (She refused to back down, and the footage was promptly released onto the Internet.) In what a recent Washington Post editorial called "the latest example of how Azerbaijan has become a bleak dystopia for human rights and democracy", she was locked away on the Kafka-esque charge of "incitement to commit suicide."

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Azeri Government Raided and Shut Down US Funded RFE/RL Office After Aliyev Talked to John Kerry

WASHINGTON, DC. December 30, 2014: Yesterday, December 29, 2014, the spokesman for the US Depaartment of State, Jeff Rathke, briefly commented on the Azerbaijani government's human rights abuses at a press conference. Click here for video The US State Department's spokesman admitted that on December 21, the State Secretary John Kerry had a telephone conversation with lham Aliyev discussing the US concerns over the Azerbaijani government's human rights abuses, but the Azerbaijani government went on to shut down the Baku office of the US funded radio station Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) almost immediately after that conversation, on December 26. Nevertheless, the US State Department's spokesman found some positive comments for the Azerbaijani government, specifically praising the Azerbaijani president's recent decision to pardon 10 political prisoners on December 29. There are over 100 political prisoners remaining in Azerbaijan and on December 26, the Azerbaijani government has launched another grand political show trial threatening to charge and arrest dozens of journalists of the US funded Radio Liberty adding to the list of the existing political prisoners. Jeff Rathke made the following statement on the Azerbaijani government's recent human rights abuses

"I stated that I just have one thing to mention at the top.

We are alarmed by the Government of Azerbaijan’s crackdown on civil society. The Secretary raised our concerns in his December 21st phone call with President Aliyev. Since then, we have seen the closure of RFE/RL’s offices, the seizure of its property, and RFE/RL employees forcibly taken from their homes for questioning by local law enforcement on unspecified charges. Contractors and others tangentially connected to RFE/RL are also being interrogated by authorities. These actions, along with the denial of access to legal counsel during these interrogations, is further cause for concern. We call again on Azerbaijani authorities to adhere to their OSCE and other international commitments to uphold human rights and basic freedoms, including freedom of the press.

In this regard, President Aliyev’s decision today to pardon 87 individuals, including 10 considered to have been imprisoned for civic activism, is a step in the right direction. We urge Azerbaijan’s authorities to build on these pardons by releasing others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms."

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Miriam Lanskoy: "Crackdown on civil society undermines Azerbaijan’s strategic interests"

"The fact that the U.S. hasn’t responded in some kind of really tough way so far shouldn’t lead the Azeri government to think that it never will"

BAKU. December 30, 2014 (Contact.az): Despite its long-standing relationship with the U.S. and membership in Europe’s leading international institutions, Azerbaijan has recently intensified its anti-American campaign and crackdown against the western groups, as well as its use of the judicial system to punish civil society members and journalists. 2014 marked as especially bad year with Azeri government’s embarking on the biggest human rights crackdown in wider Europe, according to western observers.

Radio Azadliq, the Azerbaijani service of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, became the latest victim of the government-backed crackdown when the inspectors raided its Baku bureau to shut it down last week and forcibly detained the staff. Baku officials claim that the move was “related to national security matters.”

In Washington, D.C. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathkeannouncedon Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to President IlhamAliyev on December 21, raising concerns about Azerbaijan's crackdown on civil society.Washington followed up about the actions against RFE/RL with senior Baku officials, Rathke said.

These developments also come at the time when oil-rich government is trying to spruce up its image by hosting the first European Games in 2015 and spending a sufficient amount of money for its lobbyism efforts in the U.S. and European capitals.

Has Azerbaijan gone too far this time in terms of its relations with the West?

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U.S. 'Alarmed' As Azerbaijan Targets RFE/RL's Baku Office

WASHINGTON, DC. December 30, 2014 (RFE/RL): The U.S. State Department says its concerns about the human rights situation in Azerbaijan are deepening after authorities there raided and closed RFE/RL's Baku bureau and interrogated its employees and contractors.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a December 29 news briefing in Washington: “These actions, along with the denial of access to legal counsel during these interrogations, is further cause for concern."

Rathke said the United States is calling on Baku “to adhere to their OSCE and other international commitments to uphold human rights and basic freedoms.”

He added that the raid and closure of the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster's bureau came five days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had raised Washington's concerns about human rights in Azerbaijan during a phone conversation with President Ilham Aliyev.

The offices of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, known as Radio Azadliq, were raided on December 26 by investigators from the state prosecutor's office who confiscated documents, files, and equipment before sealing off the premises.

Summoned

Twelve bureau employees who were detained on December 27 and December 28 for questioning were released only after signing a document vowing not to disclose details about the investigation.

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Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy Calls for Freeze in US Diplomatic Relations with Baku, Sanctions

WASHINGTON. December 26, 2014. Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD) issued a statement today, calling for freezing diplomatic relations with the Aliyev regime and applying economic and diplomatic sanctions. The statement calls for expelling Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the US, Elin Suleymanov, delaying the newly confirmed US Ambassador Robert Cekuta’s departure for Baku, and adopting sanctions similar to “Magnitsky Act” measures against Russia. It was issued in response to today’s raid by the authorities of the US Congress funded RFE/RL offices in Baku and the recent unprecedented crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.


Below is the full text of AZAD statement:

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Azerbaijani Government Raids and Shuts Down RFE/RL's Baku Office

BAKU. December 26 2014 (RFE/RL): The Baku bureau of RFE's (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty- ed.) Azerbaijani Service has been sealed shut following a surprise raid by investigators from the state prosecutor's office.

The investigators, who entered the bureau on the morning of December 26 accompanied by armed police officers, ransacked the company safe and confiscated computers and official stamps. 

They also ordered staff members to leave the building, after holding them in a room for several hours without telephone or computer access. 

Several staff members have since been summoned for questioning. 

Prosecutors say the raid is part of an ongoing investigation into RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service as a foreign-funded entity.

RFE/RL and its bureaus are funded by the U.S. government.

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How Will Baku Handle the Oil Price Slide?

BAKU. December 23, 2014 (Eurasianet.org): “Azerbaijan is not afraid of $60 per barrel,” a headline on the pro-government Azerbaijani news site Trend proclaimed recently. But with Brent crude oil, the benchmark for the oil market, now hovering around $60 a barrel, Baku might well have something to fear.
 
Baku’s 2015 state budget was calculated based on an oil price of $90 per barrel. About 53.5 percent of the government’s roughly 19.4-billion-manat ($24.7 billion) budget comes from the State Oil Fund, a government-run piggy bank that controls money generated by Azerbaijan’s oil projects, and about some 20 percent from the taxes paid by oil-sector companies, according to analysts.
 
The government, for now, maintains that the budget can handle lower oil prices. Eventually, officials believe those prices will rise again.
 
“If we take a look at the past 20 years, we can see that the oil prices have [constantly] changed,” commented Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev to Trend news agency on December 17.
 
Yet, in an interview with Russia’s Rossiya-24 TV channel earlier in December, President Ilham Aliyev admitted that falling oil prices could have a negative impact on the government’s budgetary plans.
 
One-third of the 2015 budget is slotted for investment projects; 20 percent of those investments are slated to fund a presidential pet project, the May 2015 European Olympic Games in the capital, Baku, economists estimate.
 
No sign has emerged that spending for the Games could be slashed, although the president stated that infrastructure projects could be reduced, if need be. He did not elaborate.

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Retiring US Congressman Jim Moran in Negotiations with Azerbaijani Influence Group

By Peter Olsen-Phillips, Sunlightfoundation.com

WASHINGTON, DC. December 19, 2014: During the final weeks of his last term in the House, retiring congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat who still represented Virginia's eighth district, negotiated jobs with a lobbying firm, an energy company and a nonprofit with ties to the government of a country that has been accused of serious human rights violations, including the recent jailing of an investigative journalist.

Moran disclosed his job hunt to the House Ethics Committee. Members can seek outside employment while still in office, but must disclose negotiations with prospective employers to the committee. Members who must recuse themselves from official matters due to a potential conflict or the appearance of a conflict of interest must make public disclosures to the House Clerk's Office. Moran recused himself from matters concerning Washington law firm and lobby shop McDermott, Will and Emery, Homeland Fuels LLC, and an organization listed as the "Assoc. of Friends of Azerbaijan" but is actually known as the Assembly of Friends of Azerbaijan, or AFAZ.

Kemal Oksuz, president of AFAZ, confirmed that the group had been talking to Moran. "This is true that retiring Congressman Jim Moran and Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan entered the negotiations for employment," he wrote in an email, adding, "He will provide consulting and advising services to AFAZ in its activities in the United States."

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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).

 

Azerbaijan in International Media

"Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It is for Some" by Naomi Westland, Huffington Post, Jan. 13, 2015

"Tony Blair Does PR for Repressive Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan Autocracies," by Casey Michel, New Republic, Jan. 7, 2015

"Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2015

"A Thuggish Regime Challenges the US," by David J. Kramer, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 2015

"The 'Broken Window' Approach to International Relations," by Jeffrey Gedmin, The Washington Post, Dec. 31, 2014

"Who is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, Dec. 30, 2014

"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 21, 2014: "Statement about Critically Deteriorating Conditions of Civil Society in Azerbaijan" - World Movement for Democracy

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

"The Heydar Ailyev Era Ends in Azerbaijan..." by Richard Kauzlarich, Brookings.edu

"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