Azerbaijan

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

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Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research

Azerbaijan’s friendly diplomatic façade cannot hide its growing domestic repression, and should not deter U.S. demands for the freedom of jailed journalists like Khadija Ismayilova. 

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

After Azerbaijan ordered two months’ pre-trial detention of investigative journalist Khadija Ismailova, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Eurasia

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, CNN's Global Public Square looks at Freedom House's rankings of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics to see how those liberated countries have actually fared.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

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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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