Magnifier: Baku’s Imitation of Democracy And Peace-loving
The program “Magnifier” dealt with issues related to human rights, recent amnesty and peace preparation in Azerbaijan.
The program “Magnifier” dealt with issues related to human rights, recent amnesty and peace preparation in Azerbaijan.
The Strasbourg Court decided that each applicant should be paid an award of EUR 7,500 and another EUR 2,500 to reimburse the court expenses.
The following measures will be either to suspend Azerbaijan’s voting rights and to expel Azerbaijan from the organisation.
The inaugural honor was given to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of his song, The Promise. The award was presented at The Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner.
In 2016 alone, the UNESCO Director-General condemned the killing of 102 journalists, media workers, and social media producers of public interest journalism. In 2012, the deadliest year for journalists, 124 cases were condemned.
The protesters raised the following question to the leadership of Poland - should the official Warsaw conduct business relations with countries where the norms of democracy and basic human rights are violated?
However, the criticism of the Azerbaijani authorities continues by media operating abroad. With the case of Mukhtarli Baku is trying to make Azerbaijani media operating abroad understand that they are not so unavailable for Aliyev's authoritarian regime.
In a resolution adopted on June 15, the MEPs stressed that Azerbaijani authorities should end the selective criminal prosecution and imprisonment of journalists and human rights defenders, immediately release all political prisoners, and ensure compliance with fair trial norms.
Perhaps this feeling of impunity "inspires" the Azerbaijani authorities not only to harshly respond to criticism, but also to apply to this kind of actions.
The consensus in international law is that a state does not have any obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state, because one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal authority over the people within its borders.
NGOs in Azerbaijan face serious obstacles to operating independently due to excessive legal and regulatory restrictions.
Azerbaijan has a long tradition of non-tolerance for critical media and criticism in general, but repression greatly intensified in recent years.
The optimism quickly dissipated as the government relentlessly pursues critics trying to close independent organizations.
The aim of caviar diplomacy is to send a message back home that there is nothing that can be done to remove Aliyev, and to signal that the West is behind him.
Since 2014, the Azerbaijani government, led by President Ilham Aliyev, has intensified a crackdown on dissent, rounding up journalists, political opposition, religious activists, and members of civil society.
We also urge the government to submit the constitutional amendments for a joint Venice Commission and ODIHR Opinion.
Aliyev is preparing grounds for his son to become the next President of Azerbaijan and on his way to fulfilling what he has intended, he will get rid of anyone, who will become or threaten to become an obstacle.
"Behind the glitz lies an everyday reality in which authorities have shut down NGOs and arrested or harassed their leaders."
The case concerned the allegation by Mr Yunusov and Ms Yunusova, husband and wife that, their medical care in detention had been inadequate.
Azerbaijani authorities have recently resumed arrests of civil activists and dissidents.
This is a great day for Khadija, and for all journalists and for free speech everywhere. We are overjoyed for Khadija and her family and can't wait for her to get back to work.
According to the senator, the arrest of Khadija goes beyond one person and covers a much wider range of issues.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in an interview to the BBC spoke about Khadija Ismayilova's case, and also gave her views on Republican presidential nomination front runner Donald Trump.
Perhaps this is the reason why after 100 years we still witness how Kurdish children are brutally killed in front of their parents in Turkey, while Turkish officials with smiles on their faces exchange migrants with the Europeans.
Azerbaijan is offered to amend laws concerning NGOs in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
''El Confidencial '' emphasizes that "a serious and real danger lies in the fact that people, spoiling and perverting democratic values in exchange for '' caviar '' or other form of bribery or reward, not only harm the image of the EU.
Already near the end of the year the Authorities of Azerbaijan tried to very smoothly solve the problems with the Shiite Muslims of Nardaran, calling them radicals. A "special action" was carried out, dozens of people were arrested, there were also people killed.
"Judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have highlighted an arbitrary application of the law in Azerbaijan, notably in order to silence critical voices and limit freedom of speech," said the Secretary General.
The UN Committee Against Torture made clear that the government needs to free the human rights defenders and stop turning a blind eye to their ill-treatment in prison," deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Rachel Dender said, the official website of Human Rights Watch writes.
The decision of the CE again requires to "immediately" release Ilgar Mammadov and abandon attempts to bypass European Court decision.
She had been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in jail after being convicted by a court in Baku on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
It is noted that the reason for the internal forces to enter Nardaran was closing the Mashtagha-Nardaran highway by the residents. The protesters are demanding the return of the bodies of 5 people killed during clashes with police. Natig Karimov expressed concern that the military may secretly bury the bodies of people killed.
Why did they start to speak about it publicly, and why has the president signed decrees on dismissal of ministers? There could be a number of reasons, but the most likely one is that some elements of the management system have become out of control, and their actions no more derive from Aliyev’s and his clan’s interests.
Yesilmen and her children were fired on from an armoured Turkish police vehicle. In another incident, a woman named Shirin Bilgin (37) was killed when she went out on her balcony. Bilgin’s relatives are blaming the Turkish police.
During all those 12 days the Turkish authorities blocked the city and moved thousands of soldiers there, special teams and police officers accompanied by helicopters, Kirpis [armored vehicles] and tanks under the pretext of struggling against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), that according to the Turkish authorities controlled the city.
Serhed was father of three children. He was best known for his "Brina Baris – Pain of Peace" song.
The Azerbaijani government further deepens extremist moods in the country making the Azerbaijani society more vulnerable to those moods. Instead of addressing root causes of the problem, Azerbaijani government remains loyal to its policy of repressions, putting the Azerbaijani society in search of alternative methods "to bring morality to politics."
sually any criticism towards Azerbaijan receives a very hysteric response, which then is being followed by steps, very often devoid of any logic, which detaches Azerbaijan from Europe, contributing to its more isolation.
“The deportation of our staff adds to a sad litany of journalists and human rights defenders being targeted, detained and jailed simply for carrying out their work. There is no let-up in the government’s repressive campaign to stifle all criticism and dissent.”
The Azerbaijan government has retreated from cooperation with OSCE institutions through its closure of the OSCE’s Baku office and its insistence on limiting the number of ODIHR election observers."
We regret the government's decision to close the Office of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku. The EU strongly believes that an OSCE field presence is one of the most effective ways for the OSCE to provide support in achieving necessary reforms and promoting the modernization of the country, including in the area of democracy and fundamental freedoms.
This resolution shows that it is quite obvious for Europe who is destabilizing the situation over Karabakh conflict. Though not mentioned word for word, the context of the text indicates the one, which is not ready for dialogue, for constructive steps and for stabilization of the situation on NKR-Azerbaijan, Armenia-Azerbaijan borders. It remains only to hope that this kind of resolutions will keep...
"Members of the U.S. Congress should speak up for the people of Azerbaijan by calling on Aliyev's government to explain its actions and allow a comprehensive, credible election observation mission."
End participation of the Azerbaijani delegation in the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and stop its work;
Talking about the Turkey, he said that Turkish domestic situation very much looks like the one that was 100 years ago. "Turkey did not change its style. Under various pretexts, the Turkish authorities solve their global, unforgotten problems against the indigenous peoples, primarily against Kurds. On the other hand, these actions serve to the internal political calculations."
Deplores the continued actions taken by the Azerbaijani government to curb contacts between civil society groups, youth activists and intellectuals in Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are of extreme importance for bridging the long hostility between the two countries; in this regard, again recalls the important work done in this area by Leyla and Arif Yunus;
It is notable that the period that Aliyev mentioned is the time, when Azerbaijani authorities began a real campaign against NGOs and journalists. In 2013 during "Eurovision" song contest the whole world saw how the protests are being silenced in this country.
The international community has repeatedly spoken for the protection of Yunus spouses, urging Azerbaijan to release them, but the Azerbaijani authorities decided not to give up. Otherwise, it would mean that Baku accepts the fact that there are 100 political prisoners in the country.
Journalist Rasim Aliyev was beaten to death in Baku only because he expressed his views about Azerbaijani football players’ uncivilized behavior.
Thus Azerbaijan rejects not only what is obvious, but also dares to blame the US for using "double standards." Maybe this is good and it will make the US be more attentive in its relations with Azerbaijan and understand that it is also "guilty" for Azerbaijan’s such behavior.
Moreover, the European Parliament has banned the MEPs to observe the elections.
It is only by reconsidering its policy the EU can claim that it is not responsible for the the violations of ceasefire, that so much intensified after the European games, for the deaths of many Armenians on the borders and for the lack of progress in the negotiations.
If the Azerbaijani government continues to stay loyal to its policies, sooner or later it iwill to be caught by the same trap it has set for its own society, the proof of which is increasing number of Azerbaijanis joining the terrorist organizations in the region.
It should be noted that only a couple of weeks ago, the OSCE Office was closed in Baku in the same manner. So it is of no surprise that this time the target became the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly.
But a few days later, as the Azerbaijani media notes in panic, despite all his promises, Huseynov suddenly appears on American TV channel CNN and "in any way denigrates the Azerbaijani government and with his terrible English blows lies on their address."
For just satisfaction, the ECHR has made a decision that the Azerbaijani authorities should pay Mehdiyev 10,000 euros (EUR) for non-pecuniary damage and EUR 4,000 for costs and expenses.
As the source informs, The Guardian has applied for accreditation and this request was confirmed on June 5. It was only on Thursday morning, a day before the opening of the Games, that The Guardian was informed about the ban.
Despite these much reactions and condemnations, Azerbaijan continues its long before adopted policy. This, of course, have its reasons and among these reasons is the oil, hence petrodollars, and consequently the interests of the international community in Azerbaijan, which retrains it from taking tougher and more obliging steps towards Azerbaijan. However, as it is said, everything has a boomerang...
Has made recommendations to the authorities of Azerbaijan calling it to reinforce democratic "checks and balances" in the system, ensure a fairer electoral framework, further boost judicial independence and end the crackdown on human rights in the country
It is a very bad situation in Azerbaijan concerning human rights. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take serious steps towards releasing the political prisoners.
In Azerbaijan 12 journalists and bloggers are arrested with State order. Gilal Mammedov is among them, who has been arrested since 2013.
Previously Human Rights Watch appealed to Hollande in an open letter urging him to raise the human rights situation in Azerbaijan during the meeting with Aliyev.
This in its turn makes us assume that this is just the beginning of NKR’s path in strengthening cooperation with Europe and the next stages will be much more productive and higher in their level.
PEN sent a letter to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, calling on to demand from Baku to release Ismayilova before the European Games.
Today almost all international human rights organizations again urge Azerbaijan to improve the situation in the country in regard with human rights and freedom of speech.
Of course, this is more than an objective statement and not only the European Olympic Committees, but also the international community should have long ago taken steps to prevent Azerbaijan go so far with its adventurous activities.
I am deeply concerned about the recent repression of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.
It turned out that the US collection program breaches the EU’s Data Protection Directive "adequacy" standard for privacy protection
The decision of the court is based on the fact that Christian symbols are still allowed by many regional school laws.
Babushkin, reports that during his visit to Dadayev on Tuesday, he saw "numerous wounds" on his body.
In 2014, 296 women were killed, 39 women committed suicide, 191 women were victims of sexual assault or rape, 585 women were taken to hospital after being beaten or injured, while 13 women died in suspicious circumstances.
In this region China’s behaviour can be characterized as “talk to everyone, but not to annoy anyone”.
However, there comes an instance when everything is so obvious that it becomes impossible to pass by and not make even a comment. Azerbaijan has already crossed its red line, but a relevant response has not come yet…
"Mr. Aliyev, suffering a decline in the oil revenue that has propped up his regime for years, seems to be striking out at anyone who opposes him," is stated in the article.
Instead of just keeping silence, Azerbaijani officials do not stop declaring that media in Azerbaijan is completely free, as if trying to persuade themselves.
The number of attacks on journalists in Ukraine has decreased, Representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the Freedom of the Media said on Wednesday.
By arresting these people, the Azerbaijani authorities try to silence the thinking layer of population and activists, whose being in freedom would cause serious problems to the Azerbaijani authorities.
the council's five permanent members - the UK, China, France, Russia and the US - had used their veto to promote their political self-interest or geopolitical interest above the interest of protecting civilians
I'm gravely concerned by the continuing deterioration of HR in Azerbaijan and call the authorities to ensure that ECHR standards are respected.
His lawyer Afghan Mammedov called the decision unreasonable and informed about his intentions to appeal the decision.
“Why am I here?” is a question that everyone in prison asks themselves, no matter the crime. Corruption is the reason I am in my prison, but the regime’s corruption, not mine.
Though recently we are witnessing the increase of the activation of the wave of criticism of the international community towards Azerbaijan, it is obvious that the former is acting not that much according to its principles, but according to its interests. However, if we speak about objectivity, then sanctions should have long been put on Azerbaijan.