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Don't forget Azerbaijan's political prisoners

Rebecca Vincent_1.jpgFollowing Azerbaijan’s recent moves to release political prisoners, American and European policymakers must not falter in their focus on human rights.


Walking the line

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Plans for a new Euro-Caspian pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. This new documentary shows why we should stop and think.

Azerbaijan’s 2016: sink or swim?

Protests have broken out in Azerbaijan against rising prices and falling living standards. Will the regime respond with anything but brute force?

В поисках «армянского лобби»

Из-за теорий заговора люди становятся покорными, а правители перестают чего-либо бояться. В Азербайджане всех диссидентов считают агентами скрытого «армянского лобби». English

oDR speaks to MeydanTV’s Emin Milli

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In Azerbaijan, the crackdown on civil society continues. We speak to the director of MeydanTV, one of the country’s few sources of independent media, about the future of the press and civil society in Azerbaijan.

 

Searching for the ‘Armenian Lobby’

Conspiracies keep the people pliant and rulers fearless. In Azerbaijan, all dissidents are considered to be agents of a shadowy ‘Armenian lobby’. Русский

Behind the storm

At 17.40 local time on 4 December, a storm ripped through Platform 10 of the Guneshli oil and gas field, owned by the Azeri state oil company, SOCAR. What happened next is not entirely known.

Is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway worth the fuss?

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway costs hundreds of millions of dollars and has been delayed several times. It is set to be operational by the end of 2015, but is it worth the fuss? на русском языке

 

Azerbaijan: ruling in bad faith

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The Aliyev regime is attempting to co-opt and repress Muslim communities to strengthen its hold on power. It is playing a dangerous game. Русский

 

The Sochi Syndrome

Grandiose urban development projects and international mega-events are ideal opportunities for authoritarian leaders to flaunt their power – and provide their associates with lucrative construction contracts.

Azerbaijan's failed rebranding

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No matter how much time and money Azerbaijan’s government spends making ‘friends’ in the west, the country is still characterised by a poor record on human rights.

After Baku, let's not forget about human rights

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With the European Games in Baku over, what does the future hold for Europe's relationship with Azerbaijan?

 

Azerbaijan’s European Games: giving sport a bad name

Rather than being a catalyst for positive change, the European Games have become a weapon in Baku’s effort to promote itself as progressive while continuing to crush independent voices.

From emancipation to restraint: violence and gender inequality in Azerbaijan

Passing laws against gender-motivated violence and gender inequality is not the same as putting them into practice.

 

A new partnership for co-operation in the Black Sea

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An economic and strategic partnership between Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey is ramping up, and turning to the West.

Why Russia watchers should listen to Glenn Greenwald

Elites throughout the former Soviet Union are cracking down on dissent. But before Russia watchers start criticising the region’s repressive governments, they should first engage with the criticism, which has long been levelled at them.

The crackdown in Azerbaijan

Preident Aliyev - Flickr - World Economic Forum.jpgIn allowing the Aliyev regime to suppress human rights and democracy, the West is hurting its own interests.

 

A free-thinker loses his freedom in Azerbaijan

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On 12 January, Arif Yunus, the distinguished Azerbaijani scholar, will ‘celebrate’ his 60th birthday in a prison cell.

 

Azerbaijan and the Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine put the Azerbaijani government in an uncomfortable position.

 

 

‘Caviar diplomacy’ hides human rights abuses in Azerbaijan

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In Azerbaijan, prominent human rights defenders are being arrested; and NGOs raided. ‘Caviar diplomacy’ covers it all up.

 

The galloping militarisation of Eurasia

In recent months, attention has overwhelmingly been focused on Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. But there is a wider and more disturbing process of militarisation underway throughout the Eurasian region. на русском языке

Karabakh: 'frozen' conflict nears melting point

Amid signs that Armenia and Azerbaijan may once more be edging towards armed conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wayne Merry argues that the West needs to act fast, rather than allow an old and fruitless mediation process to meander on.

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