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Kyrgyz Embassy To Open In Azerbaijan

Kyrgyzstan announced it will open an embassy in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku. More

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Pretrial Detention Of Prominent Azerbaijani Rights Defender Extended

The pretrial detention of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been extended. More

EU Welcomes Azerbaijani Amnesty

The European Union has welcomed an amnesty announced by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last week. More

Sakharov Prize Winner To Be Announced

The European Parliament is due to announce the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on October 21. More

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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Azerbaijan Hires Veteran U.S. Political Consultant

The Azerbaijani government is continuing its drive to influence U.S. lawmakers, hiring a former strategist to top Republican Party officials to boost its image in the United States. More

Is The Clock Ticking For Azerbaijan's Leadership?

Azerbaijan's opposition National Council of Democratic Forces (NSDS) convened a mass meeting in Baku on October 12 to protest the unprecedentedly harsh crackdown launched by the authorities. More
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Features & Commentary

Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azeri Ties

A scholar who consistently promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials reacted angrily at a Columbia University event this week on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR.

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.
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