Accessibility links

Breaking News

EU Criticizes Baku Police

Baku police dispersing the 26 November demonstration (AFP) 1 December 2005 -- The European Union today called upon the Azerbaijani government to reprove security forces who violently dispersed an opposition protest rally on 26 November in Baku.

The 25-member bloc said in a statement that it was "deeply concerned" that security forces used force to break up a demonstration that had been authorized by the city authorities.

The United States, the OSCE, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have condemned the police action.

Azerbaijan's opposition says nearly 90 people were wounded during the unrest. Police say up to 20 of their officers were wounded.

The demonstrators were protesting the outcome of the disputed 6 November parliamentary election, which they say was fraudulent.

Official results give the ruling Yeni Azerbaycan (New Azerbaijan) party 56 seats in the 125-member parliament.


Azerbaijan In Focus

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.