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Latest Azerbaijan News

Azerbaijani journalist İlgar Nasibov suffered severe head trauma, a broken nose, fractured ribs, and serious blood loss.

Azeri Rights Activist Severely Beaten

An Azerbaijani journalist and rights activist has been badly beaten by unknown assailants in the country's Naxcivan exclave. More

Azeri Activist Appeals Drug Sentence

An Azerbaijani court will hear the appeal of a young blogger given a five-year prison sentence in a case his supporters say is politically motivated. More

Leyla Yunus (left), the head of Peace and Democracy İnstitute and a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record, was arrested on July 30.

UN Urges Baku To Free Activists

UN human rights experts have condemned the increased prosecution of human rights activists in Azerbaijan and urged Baku to "reverse the trend of repression." More

HRW Calls For Azerbaijan's Suspension From Transparency Group

A prominent rights group says Azerbaijan is increasing pressure on activists and should be suspended from an international coalition that promotes openness in the oil and gas industries. More

Amnesty Calls For Release Of Azerbaijani Dissident, Amid Health Concerns

Rights group Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus amid reports her health has been rapidly deteriorating. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Fighting In Nagorno-Karabakh: War Or War Dance?

Even though the recent hostilities in the vicinity of the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh are the most serious since the signing of a cease-fire 20 years ago, most Armenian observers doubt that they presage all-out war. More

Local Azerbaijanis Rally in Support of Embattled Daghestani Official

A new standoff is underway between the Azerbaijanis, one of the largest ethnic groups in south-eastern Daghestan, and the republican leadership. More
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Features & Commentary

'The Hardest Part Is I Can't See You' -- Azeri Activist's Prison Letter To Jailed Husband

With her health reportedly deteriorating, detained Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus has penned an open letter to her husband -- who himself was arrested and charged with treason shortly after her.
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Amid Karabakh Tensions, Both Armenia And Azerbaijan View Russia Uneasily

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to sit down together in Sochi on August 10 to ease tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh. But both South Caucasus countries are wary of what Moscow's intentions might be.
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Video Man's Death After Mysterious Border Crossing Sparks Row Between Baku, Yerevan

An Armenian man has died in Azerbaijan after crossing the border in mysterious circumstances. The incident has sparked a bitter dispute between the two rival countries.
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Karabakh Fighting Frays Nerves On Both Sides

Days of sometimes fierce exchanges of gunfire have revived fears that the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh could once again explode. RFE/RL's Armenian and Azerbaijani services spoke to people caught in the middle of the fighting.
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Explainer: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

What's behind the recent flare-up in violence around the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh, and what are the chances of a settlement to the long-running dispute -- or an escalation?
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Azerbaijan Gets Tough In Bid To Silence Its Loudest Critic

Authorities in Baku have charged prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus with treason and other charges stemming from her work to ease tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh. International advocates are concerned about the health of the 58-year-old diabetic as she awaits trial in a Baku jail.
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Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm.
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TeliaSonera’s Behind-The-Scenes Connection To Azerbaijani President's Daughters

An investigative report by Khadija Ismayilova in collaboration with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project shows that through a trail of owners and offshore registrations, the two daughters of President Ilham Aliyev appear to be connected to Azerbaijan’s largest mobile phone business, Azercell.
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