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The Week Ahead: January 19-25

Azerbaijan -- Soviet tanks in Baku during Black January, Jan1990

Azerbaijan -- Soviet tanks in Baku during Black January, Jan1990

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, January 19:
Kazakhstan: United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai visits Kazakhstan to assess the enjoyment of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country (to January 27).
Kyrgyzstan: The UN Human Rights Council holds an universal periodic review of the human rights record of Kyrgyzstan.
Russia/Iran: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits Tehran (to January 20).
Russia/Iraq: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov visits Baghdad.
Turkey/UK: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits London (to January 21).
TUESDAY, January 20:
Azerbaijan: The 25th anniversary of Black January events, in which Soviet troops opened fire on demonstrators in Baku.
EU/Armenia: Brussels hosts an EU-Armenia Cooperation Council meeting.
EU/Arab League: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee holds a meeting with Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El Araby, to discuss the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt.

Iraq: Iraqi parliament is scheduled to vote on the final draft of 2015 budget.
WEDNESDAY, January 21:
Switzerland: Davos hosts the World Economic Forum annual meeting (to January 24).
EU: European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defense holds a discussion on the strategic military situation in the Black Sea Basin following the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.
THURSDAY, January 22:
Moldova: Romanian President Klaus Iohannis makes his first official visit abroad to Moldova (to January 23).
NATO/Bulgaria: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stolenberg visits Sofia.
Russia/Ukraine: Moscow's Basmanny District Court is scheduled to hold a hearing into the case of the leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev.
U.S.: Sundance Film Festival opens in Park City, Utah (to February 1).​
EU: European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee holds a discussion about the human rights situation in Hungary.
FRIDAY, January 23:
Sweden: Goteborg Film Festival opens (to February 2).
SUNDAY, January 25:

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