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Freedom House Experts to Present Findings on Democratic Developments in Azerbaijan
On April 27, 2006, at the Museum Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, the nongovernmental organization and independent think tank Freedom House will hold a roundtable discussion and press conference to share the findings of its annual surveys on political rights and civil liberties.
The roundtable discussion will be led by Freedom House experts and analysts, who will present the conclusions of the organization's reports, Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. Participants at the discussion will include Azerbaijani government officials, local nongovernmental organizations, and representatives of the international community.
The roundtable event will be followed by a press conference at 2:30 p.m., also at the Museum Center. The Museum Center is located at 123 a Neftchilar Prospect in Baku.
Freedom House's survey publications are highly regarded as essential monitors of democratic growth in countries throughout the world. Each country report follows a rigorous methodology that begins with independent analysts' examination of factors such as corruption, media independence, electoral process and civil society freedom within each country. The findings are then used to determine quantifiable ratings and descriptive narratives, which are then scrutinized by outside experts before becoming public.
This year's reports reveal that Azerbaijan's democratic performance has continued to show signs of deterioration over the past year, especially with regard to electoral process and civil society.
Freedom House's visit to Azerbaijan is part of a larger effort to engage in a dialogue about its findings, solicit feedback and participate in policy discussions in the three nations of the Caucasus. The tour will focus on an explanation of Freedom House's methodology and the dissemination of the detailed research and analysis - and policy recommendations - that have been prepared for the four publications, in order to inform and empower indigenous reformers inside and outside of governments. Roundtable discussions will be convened in each of the three capital cities in order to listen to local reactions to Freedom House's analyses, and seek input into future reports.
Freedom House is an independent private organization supporting the expansion of freedom throughout the world. Freedom House has monitored political rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of the press, in Azerbaijan since 1991.
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Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.