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BAKU. October 26, 2016: On October 25, the local court in Baku sentenced Giyas Ibrahimov (left on the picture), pro-democracy youth activist, to ten years of imprisonment. Giyas Ibrahimov, together with his friend Bayram Mammadov had written anti-government graffiti on the statue of the late president Heydar Aliyev who happens to be the father of the incumbent president Ilham Aliyev.
Both Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammadov have been identified through the CCTV cameras near the monument but arrested on trumped-up narcotics possession charges. Bayram Mammadov’s trial is still going on, while the local court already announced the verdict on Giyas Ibrahimov.
The local observers noted that the prosecutor actually demanded a nine-year sentence for Ibrahimov, whereas the presiding judge Anvar Seyidov, obviously trying to show his loyalty to the president Ilham Aliyev, added one more year to Giyas Ibrahimov’s sentence given that the youth activist’s “crime” was insulting the president’s father’s statue. Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev inherited power from his father Heydar in 2003. This year President Ilham Aliyev initiated a referendum and changed the country’s constitution, lifting the age limit to become a president, as many local observers have pointed out, so that his son Heydar junior could one day replace him as the president of Azerbaijan.
After the prison sentence was announced Giyas Ibrahimov’s mother Shura Ibrahimova said: “I am not going to cry!” She also said “Ilham Aliyev stole 10 years from my son’s life in order to make his son the president,” referring to the constitutional referendum Ilham Aliyev had initiated.
BAKU. October 17, 2016 (Turan): Working Group of Civil Society of Azerbaijan released a new single list of political prisoners including 94 people. Among them, 6 journalists and bloggers, two publicists, a human rights activist, 5 youth activists, members of political parties 5, and three life convicts. practicing religious followers 61
In general, the list of 139 persons concerned; 45 of them are identified as potential political prisoners and are included in "being monitored".
The Working Party stresses that in fact the number of political prisoners is significantly more.
"However, the reaction media in the country causes many to refrain from publicizing their cases. Another problem is not legal awareness, lack of lawyers. The situation is especially bad in regions, where there are no mechanisms to protect human rights," stated in the report of the Working Group.
BAKU. September 11, 2016: The opposition National Council of Democraatic Forces of Azerbaijan held a protest rally today. The opposition protesters chanted slogans against the scheduled referendum to increase the powers of the incumbent president of Azerbaijan. The referendum to change the constitution of Azerbaijan is scheduled for September 26, 2016 (Azeri Report).
BAKU. July 21, 2016 (RFE/RL): Azerbaijan's government has taken over a private university widely linked with controversial Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, and put it under the control of a school owned by the state oil company. Students at the Qafqaz University in Baku were left wondering what was happening to their institution. -0-
private Azerbaijani television station has been taken off the air and accused of damaging Baku's "strategic" links with Turkey after announcing it would broadcast an interview with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. BAKU. July 21, 2016 : A (RFE/RL)
Turkey's government blames Gulen for orchestrating last weekend's failed military coup, in which hundreds died and more than 1,500 more were injured when troops tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Azerbaijan's National Television and Radio Council (NTRC) on July 18 announced on its website that it was temporarily suspending the operations of private-owned ANS television while also filing legal action to revoke the station's license.
"To avert provocations aimed at disrupting strategic relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, and to prevent overt terrorist propaganda … it has been decided to suspend the operations of ANS television channel for one month," said a July 18 statement posted on the council's website.
By Durna Safarova, Eurasianet.org
BAKU. July 13, 2016: Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International, have created a two-tier system for political prisoners that effectively hinders less prominent government critics’ chances for release from prison.
“We see they are interested in the cases of star political prisoners,” commented attorney Yalchin Imanov, who represents jailed Azerbaijani Islamic Party Chairperson Movsum Samadov and opposition parliamentarian Asif Yusifli, among other imprisoned government critics.
“As a result,” he charged, “except for very few cases, the majority of illegal arrests, cases of unfairly punished people are overlooked; especially, opposition parties’ members and religious activists are being forgotten by international organizations.”
The London-based Amnesty International, which compiles what many Azerbaijanis see as the most important list of alleged victims of judicial abuses, lists only 14 prisoners of conscience for Azerbaijan: bloggers and social-media activists Abdul Abilov and Elvin Karimov; blogger Rashad Ramazanov; opposition journalist Seymur Haziyev; opposition politicians Fuad Gahramanli, Faraj Karimov and Ilgar Mammadov; opposition youth activists Elvin Abdullayev and Murad Adlilov; political activist Ilkin Rustamzade; Rovshan Zahidov and Rufat Zahidov, relatives of an opposition journalist; and leftist activists Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammadov, jailed for spraying graffiti on a statue of the late President Heydar Aliyev.
By Charles Recknagel and Arzu Geybullayeva, RFE/RL
BAKU. June 17, 2016: No matter who wins the Formula One Grand Prix in Baku this weekend, Vahid Veliyev stands to make some money: He is renting out his balcony, which overlooks the course of the first-ever F1 race to be held in Azerbaijan.
The asking price: $200 a day, with a discount if a spectator leases the small outdoor space for all three days of the June 17-19 event.
"That will include a table on the balcony, as well as tea with sweets," says Veliyev, who put an ad in the paper after the government urged Baku residents with balconies to rent them out for the race.
The chance to earn extra income from a balcony overlooking the circuit is one of the few ways any of the city's residents stand to benefit from Baku's latest effort to become a global sports and entertainment center. The event, which culminates with the Grand Prix race on June 19, is taking place as the country's economy has slowed to a crawl due to the low price of oil, the main source of revenue.
BAKU. June 1, 2016 (Radio Azadliq) : London -- one of world's most expensive cities. Owning property here can be a profitable investment -- especially when it's located in one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods.
New investigations by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reveal that Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva -- the daughters of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev -- own at least three properties in some of the priciest parts of London.
The investigations, aided by the Panama Papers link, show how the Aliyev family used offshore companies in Panama and the Virgin Islands to hide their ownership of the London real estate, which is estimated to have cost a total of at least 60 million dollars.
By Miranda Patrucic, Khadija Ismayilova and RFE/RL, OCCRP
BAKU. May 27, 2016: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ordered the state-owned gold company AzerGold to buy out four mining companies, including at least two owned by his own family. The deal bails the First Family out of a disastrous failed mining venture that had left gold unsold, workers unpaid and their personal companies in deep financial debt.
The family controls some of the country’s richest gold, copper and silver deposits. The people of Azerbaijan will now foot the bill for the family’s often incompetent attempts to mine the country’s mineral wealth – all at a time when the country is suffering a financial crisis.
The news was quietly released as the world was celebrating the long-awaited release from prison of Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. Ismayilova, who has reported extensively about corruption by the First Family, has been in prison in Baku since her arrest on Dec. 5, 2014. She was set free after her final appeal hearing Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan, two days before her 40th birthday.
BAKU. May 25, 2016 (RFE/RL) : Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court has ordered that RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova be released from custody after reducing her prison term from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.
The court made the decision on May 25 after hearing an appeal by the journalist.
"This is a great day for Khadija, and for all journalists and for free speech everywhere," RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said. "We are overjoyed for Khadija and her family and can't wait for her to get back to work."
The court reversed Ismayilova's convictions on charges of misappropriation of property and abuse of position, but upheld her convictions for illegal entrepreneurship and tax evasion.
Ismayilova was not in court at the time. Her lawyer, Fariz Namazly, told AFP that "we expect her to leave prison later in the evening."
By Tony Wesolowsky, RFE/RL
wo youth activists in Azerbaijan have accused police in the capital of beating them in an unsuccessful attempt to force them to confess to vandalizing a monument, and then charging the pair with bogus drug offenses when they didn't break. BAKU. May 18, 2016: T
International rights groups have condemned the authorities' treatment of Giyas Ibrahimov, 22, and Bayram Mammadov, 21, and demanded an investigation into the circumstances of the case.
The two were reportedly detained on May 10 on suspicion of painting graffiti on a statue of former Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev, father of the current leader, Ilham Aliyev.
They leveled their allegations in court testimony in the capital, Baku, on May 12, according to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.
The court sent the two to pretrial detention but ordered a probe into the police abuse allegations.
Human rights activists accuse authorities in Baku of routinely trumping up drug charges against activists in an effort to intimidate them.
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Azerbaijan in International Media
"Jews Object to Hannukah Party at Trump Hotel," by Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2016
"This Activist is Set to Spend 10 Years in Jail After Spray Painting a Statue," by Hayes Brown, Buzz Feed News, Oct. 26, 2016
"It's time for the United States to act on Azerbaijan," by David J. Kramer, and Richard Kauzlarich, The Washington Post, September 8, 2016
"Azerbaijan Imrpisoned Me. Pharrell Williams and Others Should Stop Helping My Jailers," by Khadija Ismayil, The Washington Post, June 17, 2016
"Lawmakers Turned Over Gifts After Secretly Funded Trip to Azerbaijan," by Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, June 16, 2016
"Khadija Ismayilova's Victory for Human Rights," The Washington Post, May 31, 2016
"The Global Magnitsky Act Will Help Protect Human Rights Activists Worldwide," The Washington Post, May 2, 2016
"In Azerbaijan, A Declaration of War Against Independent Journalism, " The Washington Post, April 25, 2016
"BP's Azerbaijan Push Comes at a Cost," by R. Whelan and S. Kent, The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2016
"Don't let Azerbaijan use political prisoners as props," by Khadija Ismayilova, The Washington Post, March 31, 2016
"IMF and World Bank Move to Forestall Oil-Led Defaults," by J. Farchy and S. Donnan, Financial Times, Jan. 27, 2016
"Azerbaijan Leader Enters Uncharted Territory..." by Jack Farchy, Financial Times, Jan.25, 2016
It's Time to Hold the Azerbaijan Regime Accountable," by Gulnara Akhundova, Huffington Post, Jan. 8, 2016
"No, this is the truth about Azerbaijan's repression," The Washington Post, Sep. 25, 2015
"Dogged reporting in Azerbaijan landed a U.S.-trained journalist in prison," by D. Priest, A. Komuves, C. Mabeus, The Washington Post, Sep. 12, 2015
"Azerbaijani Reporter Sentenced to More than 7 Years after Farcical Trial," The Washington Post, Sep. 2, 2015
"Is America Forgetting American Values," by Jeffrey Gedmin and Gary Schmitt, CNN, Aug. 28, 2015
"Azerbaijan's Injustice," The Washington Post, August 16, 2015
"Azerbaijan's State-Owned Oil Company Signs DC Firms," by Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, Aug. 14, 2015
"Lady Gaga and Members of Congress Accept the Paychecks of a Tyrant," the Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2015
"Donald Trump is doing business with a controversial Azerbaijani oligarch," by Russ Choma, Mother Jones, July 29, 2015
"Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgtown University, Atlantic Council," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, June 25, 2015
"Baku, Azerbaijan: 10 of the city's wierdest tourist atractions," The Telegraph, June 12, 2015
"Letter from Azerbaijan Jail: Khadija Ismayilova Speaks Out," The New York Times, June 11, 2015
"Baku 2015's Gleaming Stadiums a Facade Covering Corupt Azerbaijan Regime," by Idrak Abbasov, The Guardian, June 11, 2015
"Azerbaijan Bans Guardian From Reporting on Baku European Games," by Shaun Waker, The Guardian, June 11, 2015
"Intolerance and Oppression Overshadow Azerbajan's Glamorous European Games," by Adam LeBor, Newsweek, June 4, 2015
"Azerbaijan's Price for Hosting First European Games," by Rayhan Demytrie, BBC News, June 4, 2015
"To Baku and Back with Freebies," The New York Times, May 25, 2015
"Big Congressional Trip to Azerbaijan was Secretly Paid For By Azerbaijan," by Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate.com, May 13, 2015
"Report: U.S. Lawmakers Had Trip Funded by Azerbaijan," S. Higham, S. Rich, A. Crites and K. Park, The Washington Post, May 13, 2015
"Aliyev's Party," The Economist, May 2, 2015
"Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, to be Honored by PEN," by David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times, April 15, 2015
"The Country That Diminishes the Olympic Flame," The Washington Post, April 15, 2015
"Azerbaijan Bars Entry to a Georgian Human Rights Worker," by David M. Hersenzorn, The New York Times, March 31, 2015
"Jailed Without Trial in Azerbaijan," The Washington Post, March 1, 2015
"BOA Admits Azerbaijan Pays for British Team to Compete in European Games," by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, February 25, 2015
"Trapped in Baku" by Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy, Feb. 11, 2015
"Washington Times hearts Azerbaijan" by Erik Wemple, Washington Post, Jan 29, 2015
"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
Azerbaijan in International Reports
Oct. 20, 2016: Human Rights Watch Report: Azerbaijan's Continued Crackdown on Critics
Sep. 20, 2016: Council of Europe Venice Commission's Preliminary Opinion on Constitutional Changes in Azerbaijan
Sep. 9, 2015: European Parliament Resolution on Human Rights Situation in Azerbaijan
July 30, 2015: One Year of Unprecedented Repressions in Azerbaijan
June 24, 2015: PACE Resolution on the "Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Azerbaijan"
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"
"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
October 9, 2015: David Kramer Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijan Government Officials
June 30, 2015: Flacking for Despots: Inside Azerbaijan's Lobbying in U.S.
June 15, 2015: Baku European Games Discussed at Last Week Tonight John Oliver
June 15, 2015: "We will hold you responsible," Bono sends video message to Ilham Aliyev
June 10, 2015: RFE/RL Discussion: The Real Price of Azerbaijan's European Games
May 5, 2015: A Dissident's Life: Story of Ramis Yunus
April 22, 2015: "Azerbaijan Locks Up Critics Ahead of European Games" HRW video-report
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
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