PAST EVENT: Azerbaijan – 20 Years of Independence and the Struggle for Democracy

Date: Tuesday 20 Oct
Time: 6-7.30pm
Venue: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
To attend please RSVP to: [email protected]

By kind invitation of Paul Flynn MP, the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director of Amnesty International, Murad Gassanly, co-founder and  Acting Director of Azerbaijan Democratic Association, UK, and Michael Harris, Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship. John, Murad and Michael all have extensive experience in this area and will be addressing the key questions now facing Azerbaijan. Can the situation in Azerbaijan change? Is there hope for a democratic transformation and economic justice? What can Britain (Azerbaijan’s chief foreign investor) and the wider international community do to facilitate progress?”

John Dalhuisen is currently a Deputy Programme Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International. He has previously worked as a researcher on discrimination in Europe and also on the Caucasus.

Murad Gassanly is a British-Azerbaijani political activist, co-founder and Acting Director of Azerbaijan Democratic Association, UK. In the 2005 parliamentary elections he served as a senior political advisor to the Azerbaijani opposition coalition “Azadliq”.

Michael Harris is a human rights lobbyist. He is Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship and lobbies for the Libel Reform Campaign, a campaign to liberalise England’s defamation laws. He has worked behind the scenes on investigative journalism into political corruption.

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