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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.

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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 »

Image: Open debate with UN Secretary General Candidates

Open debate with UN Secretary General Candidates

On the 12 of July at the UN, high-level representatives from States, civil society and the private sector discussed the human rights situation in the world. There was also a first televised live debate with the candidates for Secretary General at the United Nations, which was open for questions from the public. 12 Jul 2016 »

Image: PACE side event: A year of attempts to hide dire human rights record 
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PACE side event: A year of attempts to hide dire human rights record

On 21 June, at a side event to the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, former political prisoners and civil society representatives talked about the situation in Azerbaijan. It showed a different picture to the one the authorities are portraying to the world. 22 Jun 2016 »

Image: From 17-19 June, Azerbaijan hosts its first grand prix, a city circuit in the capital, Baku. The Formula 1 race is another example of the Azerbaijani government’s attempt to “sportswash” its image, after 2015’s Olympic spin-off, the European Games.  
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Don’t let Formula 1 sportswash Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

This weekend, Azerbaijan hosts its first grand prix in Baku. The Formula 1 race is another example of the Azerbaijani government’s attempt to “sportswash” its image, after 2015’s Olympic spin-off, the European Games. 17 Jun 2016 »

Image: Khadija Ismayil awarded on World Press Freedom Day

Khadija Ismayil awarded on World Press Freedom Day

Khadija Ismayil is an independent investigative journalist in Azerbaijan. Since 5 December 2014, she is behind bars in her country, solely due to her reporting. 02 May 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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