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News from the Human Right House Azerbaijan - 2016

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The United Nations provide a roadmap of reform to Azerbaijan

The United Nations Human Rights Committee issued recommendations following its review of Azerbaijan in October 2016. Those recommendations provide a roadmap of needed human rights reforms the State must undertake to bring itself in line with its international obligations and commitments. 07 Nov 2016 »

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Azerbaijan human rights under review

The United Nations Human Rights Committee reviewed Azerbaijan on 20-21 October. The previous review in 2009 highlighted the abusive use of criminal charges to detain journalists and activists, as well as legislation on defamation. Azerbaijan has for years upheld systematic repression of civil society including, arbitrary detention, restrictive laws against organisations, and the violation of human rights. 20 Oct 2016 »

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Azerbaijan: “Rethink punitive approach to civil society”

Following recent visits to Azerbaijan by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Human Rights House Foundation calls on Azerbaijan and the international community to ensure these visits lead to positive changes in the country. 22 Sep 2016 »

Image: Azerbaijan continues to arbitrarily detain critical voices

Azerbaijan continues to arbitrarily detain critical voices

On the opening day of the the 33rd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Human Rights House Foundation gave a statement to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, raising concerns about Azerbaijan’s ongoing use of arbitrary detention to silence its critics. 14 Sep 2016 »

Image: Natiq Jafarli, the Secretary for Organisational Affairs of the Organisational Committee of Republican Alternative Party and the authorised representative of the Republican Alternative Referendum Initiative Group 
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Azerbaijani activists arrested in run up to referendum on expanding presidential powers

Several Azerbaijani activists including; Natig Jafarli, Elshan Gasimov, Togrul Ismayiıov, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, and Elgiz Qahreman have been arrested in the run up to a national referendum on expanding presidential powers. HRHF calls for the authorities in Azerbaijan to cease intimidating opposition and dissent during the referendum period. Additionally, we encourage the Council of Europe to hold Azerbaijan to its standards by guaranteeing the right to participate in public life during the referendum period, including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. 16 Aug 2016 »

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