Azerbaijan

9.3 million people
5,290 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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The government of Azerbaijan has continued an onslaught of harrassment and threats against human rights lawyers who represent political prisoners. 

In response to a court in Azerbaijan sentencing a 22-year old to 10 years imprisonment for writing “Happy Slaves Day” on a monument of the late president Heydar Aliyev – father of the country’s current president – Freedom House issued a statement.

In light of the upcoming review of Azerbaijan's status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in October, the undersigned organisations call on the EITI Board to suspend Azerbaijan from participation in EITI, due to continuous breach of the initiative’s requirements for fostering an enabling environment for civil society.

Death threats to prominent journalists Sevinc Osmanqizi and Aynur Elgunesh should be publicly condemned by the Azerbaijani government.

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Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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