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Injustice for all: how Azerbaijan’s bar association was reduced to tatters

A strong and independent legal community is the most significant obstacle to the arbitrariness of authoritarian rule.

Impatient dictators: how snap elections shore up authoritarianism in Eurasia

Authoritarian states are using all-too familiar constitutional mechanisms to consolidate power.

Azerbaijan’s digital crackdown requires a political solution

Framing Azerbaijan’s online campaign to harass journalists and activists as a “technical” problem only distracts from the politics behind it.

Rule of law contacts with Azerbaijan must raise human rights abuse

The authoritarian regime of Azerbaijan remains a member of many international bodies, but this is often not a sufficient point of leverage. The country’s public prosecutors are a case in point.

Azerbaijani mafia in the heart of Europe?

An apparent clash between Azerbaijani organised crime groups in southern France raises questions around EU immigration fraud and security procedures.

Could a hashtag challenge the Aliyev regime?

Azerbaijan's political migrants are behind a new public campaign to draw attention to authoritarian rule at home. Judging by the reaction, it has the regime rattled. 

A new era of crimes against humanity in Eurasia

A wave of brutal crackdowns on LGBT communities in the post-Soviet space has exposed civil society’s shortcomings — and destroyed lives.

Azerbaijan’s authoritarianism goes digital

2018 is an election year in Azerbaijan. The authorities may have the streets on lockdown, but the fight against dissent in cyberspace is just beginning.

Afgan Mukhtarli: behind bars, but not forgotten

Last year, this fearless journalist was abducted from the streets of Tbilisi and wound up in an Azerbaijani jail cell. We need more like him.

 

Azerbaijan’s unlucky lawyers

Baku-based lawyer Samed Rahimli discusses new changes in Azerbaijan that are set to make life (even more) difficult for the country’s independent lawyers.

From the boat race to Azerbaijani jails: how dirty gas sells itself to elites

A new report exposes the network of lobbying and hypocrisy that risks locking Europe into decades of unnecessary fossil fuel expansion.

“We don’t want to be invisible”: the meaning of Azerbaijan’s LGBT purge

In late September Azerbaijan’s police rounded up and detained dozens of LGBT people. What explains this sudden crackdown?

Revenge by red notice: how Azerbaijan targets its critics abroad

The Azerbaijani authorities are using international criminal warrants to pursue their critics abroad. It looks like they’re getting away with it.

Afgan Mukhtarli: after the abduction

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 10.jpgMy husband was kidnapped on the streets of Tbilisi and ended up in an Azerbaijani jail cell. Four months on, I’ve got no answers — only more questions.

 

Stopping the spin from Azerbaijan’s very special laundromat

osce_budapest_portrait-37.jpgWe all know about Baku’s international efforts to whitewash criticism of human rights abuses. What makes these latest revelations so different?


Armenia and Azerbaijan’s collision course over Nagorno-Karabakh

Sound principles for conflict resolution over Nagorno-Karabakh exist. But mistrust, a gulf between mediators and the parties involved, as well as Baku and Yerevan's appetite for military gains render the current formula impossible. 

Turkey’s fight against Gülen in the South Caucasus

The Turkish authorities’ fight against real and imagined enemies in the Gülen movement has now reached Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Walking free in Azerbaijan

It’s easy to celebrate when Azerbaijan’s political prisoners are released. But ensnared by public stigma and personal trauma, what are the chances that they ever find a place for themselves in society?

A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский

Azerbaijani journalist kidnapped across Georgia-Azerbaijan border

The kidnapping of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist in broad daylight in Tbilisi raises questions about how far the west is willing to tolerate Azerbaijan's authoritarian slide. 

Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

How Azerbaijan is losing its brains

Educated young people in Azerbaijan see few prospects for work at home  and even fewer if they’re critically-minded. Русский

Long live the Azerbaijani diaspora!

Baku is going to great lengths to mobilise, or even create, an international Azerbaijani diaspora. To what end? Русский

Behind Azerbaijan’s facades

In Azerbaijan, power is strictly a family business. RU

A letter from an inmate of the Southern Gas Corridor

Ilgar_Mammadov.jpgInternational investment in fossil fuel extraction is making me and other Azerbaijani political prisoners hostages to the Aliyev regime.

 

Principles down the pipeline

News of fresh fossil fuel loans and corruption confirm a harsh truth — European and international institutions continue to actively support the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan.

In the crosshairs of Azerbaijan’s patriotic trolls

Azerbaijan has taken its crackdown against dissent to the internet. Opposition publications and journalists are routinely harassed – by both paid trolls and true believers. Azərbaycanca

On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus

A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next? RU

Forced limbo: how Azerbaijan prevents journalists from leaving the country

Many authoritarian regimes would banish troublemakers. But in Azerbaijan, dissidents and critical journalists are prevented from leaving the country. 

Release Ilgar Mammadov

As Azerbaijan votes on constitutional amendments today, let’s not forget the country’s political prisoners.

Azerbaijan's Nardaran affair

The Aliyev regime's crackdown on Azerbaijan's Islamic opposition is smoothing the way for further consolidation of power.

Azerbaijan’s unconstitutional future

Dominika.jpgAzerbaijan’s new draft constitution is due to be passed by a popular referendum this September. If passed, it will only cement the power of the Aliyev regime.

 

Break the silence on Azerbaijan oil workers’ deaths

Months on from a deadly fire on a Caspian sea oil rig, the Azerbaijani authorities are yet to conduct a full investigation. 

“Azerbaijanism”

Azerbaijan’s post-Soviet memory politics are great at uniting society. Too bad it’s against external enemies. Русский

The EU’s lack of unity and strategy is being felt in Azerbaijan

The EU’s inconsistent policy towards its eastern periphery has damaged its standing in Azerbaijan. A number of people who know the country well, including recently released political prisoners, tell me why.

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