Friday 11 December 2009
November 25, 2009
Solidarity, Oil, Human Rights, And Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan has the highest number of imprisoned journalists among all of the 56 member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Thirty-four members of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights House Network, based in Oslo, sent a letter of concern to the authorities in Baku, condemning the deterioration of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. RFE/RL correspondent Anna Zamejc spoke with Ane Tusvik Bonde, regional manager for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus at the Human Rights House Foundation about the situation in Azerbaijan.
November 24, 2009
Mediators Note Progress In Munich Karabakh Talks
The Munich meeting was the sixth between the two presidents this year, and according to the French co-chairman, Ambassador Bernard Fassier, it was "particularly long, because very constructive, detailed, and in-depth discussions took place between the two presidents on all the basic elements that have yet to be agreed on. Some of these elements were discussed for the first time in such a detailed and deepened manner."
November 23, 2009
Difficulties Reported At Latest Armenia-Azerbaijan Summit
International mediators gave a mixed assessment of the Munich talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying there was progress on some issues but a failure to agree on others, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
November 22, 2009
'Important Progress' At Karabakh Talks
Mediators say "important progress" was made in Munich at talks between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But the OSCE says "some difficulties" were also identified.
November 21, 2009
Azerbaijan Says Karabakh Talks Last Chance For Deal
Azerbaijan said upcoming talks with Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be "decisive" and warned that its troops were ready to use force to take back the rebel region if they fail, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said.
November 20, 2009
Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Honored By CPJ
Jailed Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev is among the winners of the 2009 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) of journalists working in dangerous or repressive circumstances, RFE/RL's Azerbaijan Service reports.
November 19, 2009
'Our Facebook Campaign For Emin And Adnan'
The following is a guest post from Ali S. Novruzov, an Azerbaijani who blogs over at "In Mutatione Fortitudo. He describes how the arrest and conviction of the "donkey bloggers" have pushed the country's youth activists into finding creative ways to get their message out using new technologies.
November 17, 2009
Baku Official Slams 'Bias' Over Blogger Verdicts
Ali Hasanov, head of the Azerbaijani president's Social and Political Affairs Department, said Azerbaijani law "applies equally to everyone and there is no special treatment for intellectuals and those who are closer to the West, like the bloggers."