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Freedom House urges the United States and other nations to send ambassadors to attend the pending trials of imprisoned human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.

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Freedom House issued the following statement ahead of the scheduled July 13 start of the trial of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus.

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As economic growth declines and repression worsens, the regime is struggling to maintain its illusion of success and prosperity.

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to Azerbaijani authorities’ denial of medical assistance to imprisoned human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev.



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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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