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Freedom House calls on the Azerbaijani government to immediately release Leyla Yunus, end Arif Yunus’ house arrest, and ensure that Leyla is allowed to receive proper medical treatment.

The anniversary of Ismayilova’s arrest on December 5, 2014 highlights the absence of rule of law and freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.

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Azerbaijan is heading for its worst elections in recent history, but the government continues to demand that Western partners accept the country as it is—one of Eurasia’s harshest dictatorships.

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OSCE cancels parliamentary election observation mission in light of Azerbaijan's restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association.



Director, Europe and Eurasia programs

Marc Behrendt is the Director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House, with over 20 years of experience working in the Eurasia region in peacebuilding, governance and human rights.


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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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