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Azerbaijan – Human Rights House in Azerbaijan

The idea of establishing a Human Rights House in Baku appeared for the first time in 2003. In 2007, the HRH Azerbaijan was registered as an international branch of the HRHF, and officially opened in 2009. In accordance with the order of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Justice of 10 March 2011 the activities of HRH Azerbaijan have been ceased. Partner organisations of HRH Azerbaijan continue all activities, until an agreement with authorities on the reopening of HRH Azerbaijan is reached.

Human rights trends

Image: Azerbaijan human rights under review

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 »

Image: Azerbaijan: “Rethink punitive approach to civil society” 
Copyright: Human Rights House Foundation

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: Alaif Hasanov attending June 2016 consultations with the Special Rapporteur on the Independences of Judges and Lawyers, Monica Pinto. 
Copyright: HRHF

Azerbaijan court rejects lawyer Alaif Hasanov’s appeal against disbarment

The Baku Appellate Court has rejected the appeal of lawyer Alaif Hasanov against his July 2015 expulsion from the Azerbaijan Bar Association. 07 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 
Copyright: Meydan TV

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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Image: Azerbaijan: Still a not-free-state

Numerous violations of human rights show that ensuring effective compliance with human rights is a serious challenge to Baku. »

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