Category : Azerbaijan Reports

Baku 2015 European Games: Give human rights a sporting chance in Azerbaijan

alt informationIn June 2015, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will host the first ever European Games under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees. Controversy already surrounds this new sporting venture, following the revelation earlier this year that Azerbaijan will foot the bill for all 50 national Olympic teams – some 6000 athletes from across Europe – to […]

Locking up free expression: Azerbaijan silences critical voices

alt informationIntimidation, violence and media clampdown – free expression in Azerbaijan is under siege. The country’s record on free expression has undergone a marked deterioration in the run up to its presidential election.

Azerbaijan: Access denied

Azerbaijan’s corrupt ruling family, led by President Ilham Aliyev, has stayed in power by crushing dissent — curtailing freedom of assembly, association, and expression. A leaked US diplomatic cable compared the Aliyev’s to the Corleones, the Mafia family at the centre of the Godfather film trilogy. Heydar Aliyev came to power after staging a coup […]