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Padraig Reidy: Ilham Aliyev’s nonexistent connection with reality

Padraig Reidy: Ilham Aliyev’s nonexistent connection with reality

In an authoritarian society, with power utterly concentrated to the leader and his cadre, there is no such thing as an isolated failure. As a result, every aspect of life must be spun.

11 countries where you should think twice about insulting someone

11 countries where you should think twice about insulting someone

Insult laws can be very easily manipulated by those in positions of power to shut down and punish criticism

Azerbaijan: Journalist jailed for critical Facebook posts

Azerbaijan: Journalist jailed for critical Facebook posts

An Azerbaijani journalist, who spoke critically of the authorities on social media, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

Autocrats try to use international competitions to control the world’s view of them. We should beat them at their own games, writes Padraig Reidy

Five things to remember about Azerbaijan

Five things to remember about Azerbaijan

The sentencing of eight youth activists this week is just the latest addition to a long list of human rights abuses by Azerbaijani authorities

Azerbaijan — Atlético Madrid’s authoritarian friends

Azerbaijan — Atlético Madrid’s authoritarian friends

We should enjoy the football and praise the players, but we owe it to brave Azerbaijanis to ask some tough questions about Atlético's relationship with Ilham Aliyev's repressive regime, Padraig Reidy writes

Letter: Persecution of human rights defender Leyla Yunus

Minister Usubov Ramil Idris oglu Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Avenue 7 1005 Baku Republic of Azerbaijan Email: info@mia.gov.az Prosecutor General Zakir Bakir oglu Garalov Nigar Rafibayli street 7 1001 Baku Republic of Azerbaijan Email: z.qaralov@prosecutor.gov.az Mr Minister, Mr Prosecutor General, We, the undersigned members

The Guardian Journalism Award winner Azadliq

The Guardian Journalism Award winner Azadliq

Azadliq has been named The Guardian Journalism Award winner.

Eight women who fought for freedom of expression in the last year

Eight women who fought for freedom of expression in the last year

On International Women's Day, we salute all the women around the world who stand up for freedom of expression

Brave Azerbaijani journalist’s plea for international support

Brave Azerbaijani journalist’s plea for international support

Khadija Ismayilova tells democratic countries she doesn't want "private diplomacy": "I don't believe in human rights advocacy behind closed doors. People of my country need to know that human rights are supported."

Azerbaijan blocks screening of documentary on artistic freedom

A power outage prior to the screening of an arts documentary in Azerbaijan has raised concerns as to the government's involvement in censoring artistic freedom of expression

Baku magazine and the tale of two Azerbaijans

Baku magazine and the tale of two Azerbaijans

The glossy image presented in the title edited by President Aliyev's daughter is in stark contrast to the country of those fighting for democracy, writes Milana Knezevic

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