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Latest Azerbaijan News

U.S. Having 'Stern' Talks With Baku

A U.S. State Department official says the United States has engaged in "stern conversations" with Azerbaijani officials about crackdowns on rights organizations in the Caucasus country. More

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Azeri Activist Asks For Pardon

Azerbaijani officials say Rasul Jafarov, a rights activist who is in pre-trial detention, has asked President Ilham Aliyev for a pardon. More

Sakharov Prize Decision Postponed

The European Parliament has postponed a decision on the winner of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought until October 21. More

Tajik, Azerbaijani Leaders Pledge Support For Territorial Integrity

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and visiting Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev have signed a declaration in Dushanbe, supporting their joint and individual efforts to counter threats to their countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity. More

Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus pictured in Baku back in 2006.

U.S. Alarm Over Detained Azeri Activist

The United States has expressed alarm over the continued detention of a leading human rights defender in Azerbaijan. More

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Evidence Suggests Chechens Linked To Umar Shishani Fighting For IS In Kobani

Fresh evidence has emerged indicating that a Chechen faction with close ties to Islamic State military emir (commander) Umar Shishani is among the IS militants battling Kurdish militias in Kobani. More

Why Did An Azerbaijani Wrestling Champion Join (And Die For) IS?

Azerbaijani media sources are reporting that a professional wrestler from Azerbaijani was killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More
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Features & Commentary

Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

Activist Leyla Yunus has been transferred to Azerbaijan's most notorious detention center after already spending nearly three months behind bars on what supporters say are false charges.

Azerbaijani Journalist Fears Arrest As Part Of Continuing Crackdown

Leading Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been told she faces arrest when she returns to her country. Ismayilova has spoken out about the months-long crackdown on independent journalists and human rights activists in the oil-rich country.

Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company.

Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out an intense crackdown of civil-society organizations and nonstate media in what Baku says is a bid to stop "foreign forces" from undermining the South Caucasus country. "Apparently it is in Azerbaijan's national interest not to have critical media," says one worried journalist.

Together A Lifetime, Azeri Activists Now Apart And In Jail

It's been nearly a month since Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband, historian Arif Yunus, were jailed on charges of fraud and antistate activity. The couple's only child, Dinara, talks about her parents' loving relationship -- and the pain of their separation.
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