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EU Parliament calls on Azerbaijan to reform human rights

EU Parliament calls on Azerbaijan to reform human rights

The European Parliament has called on Azerbaijan to release several prominent political prisoners and proceed with reforming the country’s human rights policies. The motion calls for the immediate release of prisoners Leyla and Arif Yunus, Rasul Jafarov, Intigam Aliyev and Hasan Huseynli. It also asks that the government cease its

Julia Farrington: The Barbican, Exhibit B and “progress zero”

Julia Farrington: The Barbican, Exhibit B and “progress zero”

Index on Censorship's associate arts producer explores the issues around the Barbican's presentation of Exhibit B, a work by Brett Bailey.

Azerbaijan: Letter to BP

Azerbaijan: Letter to BP

Azerbaijanis are demanding that BP stop supporting repression in their country on the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century. A letter has been sent to BP CEO Bob Dudley to coincide with today’s 20 year anniversary. On 20 September 1994 BP signed a contract with then president Heydar Aliyev

Padraig Reidy: The ugliness under Azerbaijan’s alternate reality

Padraig Reidy: The ugliness under Azerbaijan’s alternate reality

Post-Soviet Azerbaijan is a country built of facades; facades of modernity and wealth and progress and “democracy”. Facades that hide an underlying ugliness.

Jodie Ginsberg: Five things you need to know before visiting Azerbaijan

Jodie Ginsberg: Five things you need to know before visiting Azerbaijan

London-based daily newspaper Metro ran a feature this month extolling the delights of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, fills readers in on what Metro missed.

Bahrain: Activists highlight the human rights situation

Bahrain: Activists highlight the human rights situation

Bahraini human rights activists Nabeel Rajab and Sayed Ahmed Al Wadaei discuss their countries human rights record.

Meltem Arikan: Aren’t women’s voices equivalent to muteness in Turkey?

Meltem Arikan: Aren’t women’s voices equivalent to muteness in Turkey?

In a new poem written for Index on Censorship, Turkish playwright and author Meltem Arikan explores the status of women in Turkey.

Azerbaijan: Protest calls on BP to cut ties with Aliyev regime

Azerbaijan: Protest calls on BP to cut ties with Aliyev regime

This week marks the anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century, when BP began its 20 year relationship with the Aliyev family. Aimee Hamilton reports

Curacao journalists’ lonely and dangerous battle against corruption

Curacao journalists’ lonely and dangerous battle against corruption

The Dutch Caribbean island is far behind on press freedom, writes Mitra Nazar

Germany: Vandals lash out against local newspaper for reporting on right-wing extremists

Germany: Vandals lash out against local newspaper for reporting on right-wing extremists

On the night of September 4-5, the daily newspaper Lausitzer Rundschau became victim to a crime by now familiar to its employees. Catherine Stupp reports.

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Funny doesn’t work for dictatorships because funny usually involves humanity and vulnerability. This is the appeal of the viral video challenge.

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