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News from the Human Right House Azerbaijan - 2006

Image: Sakit Zahidov: “The case against me is a lie and provocation!”

Sakit Zahidov: “The case against me is a lie and provocation!”

The trial over Sakit Zahidov, a journalist famous for his satirical poems disclosing the ruling regime in the Republic of Azerbaijan, who was arrested on the 23-rd of June and charged with purchase of a large amount drugs with intent to sell, has started. The first hearing started up with irregularities and sharp critics of the imprisoned journalist. (01-SEP-2006) 04 Sep 2006 »

Image: Countries at the Crossroads 2006: Azerbaijan

Countries at the Crossroads 2006: Azerbaijan

"Azerbaijan´s judiciary is corrupt, inefficient, and politicized. It suffers from a number of critical deficiencies, including heavy influence on its work from the executive branch...The poor conduct of the election process is in essence a symptom of far deeper and fundamental challenges confronting the country. The source of the problem rests in an entrenched political culture that retains Soviet-era governance features, among them flawed institutions incapable of achieving sufficient levels of accountability" says the country report of Freedom House. (22-AUG-2006) 25 Aug 2006 »

Image: Mirza Sakit: a new victim of the regime?

Mirza Sakit: a new victim of the regime?

The case of Mirza Sakit, a satirical writer, whose critical poems against corruption and high ranking officials used to appear in "Azadlig," "Bizim Yol," and "Baki Bulvari" newspapers, has become In the center of public attention for last 2 months (18-AUG-2006) 25 Aug 2006 »

Image: IPI Concerned About Freedom of the Media in Azerbaijan

IPI Concerned About Freedom of the Media in Azerbaijan

On 11 August 2006, the International Press Institute issued a press released, where the special concern about press freedom in the Republic of Azerbaijan is reflected (13-AUG-2006) 25 Aug 2006 »

Image: Amnesty International: Freedom of expression under attack

Amnesty International: Freedom of expression under attack

On 9 August Amnesty International issued the public statement about the concern at "the sharp deterioration in freedom of expression in the Republic of Azerbaijan, and in particular the killing, beating and intimidation of journalists". The statement says that "a series of violent attacks on journalists and the lack of thorough, effective and independent investigations into these incidents have had a chilling effect on the freedom of expression in the country" (10-AUG-2006) 24 Aug 2006 »

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