People in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Editorial credit:  Denis Kabelev / Shutterstock.com

Azerbaijan

Power in Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime remains heavily concentrated in the hands of Ilham Aliyev, who has served as president since 2003, and his extended family. Corruption is rampant, and the formal political opposition has been weakened by years of persecution. The authorities have carried out an extensive crackdown on civil liberties in recent years, leaving little room for independent expression or activism.

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Freedom in the World — Azerbaijan Country Report

Azerbaijan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Freedom on the Net — Azerbaijan Country Report

Azerbaijan is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.