Police arrest and disperse activists on the pro-democracy demo in Baku

Azeri government cracks down on freedom of expression

22nd May 2012 Dozens of pro-democracy campaigners were arrested in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, yesterday as they took part in an unauthorised protest to highlight human rights abuses in the run-up to Eurovision. The Sing for Democracy campaign, which organised the rally outside the old city, also called on performers to speak out during […]

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Opposition party supporters and activists gather to remember Mammad Rasulzade who oversaw Azerbaijan's first truly independent and democratic period between 1918 and 1920

Azeri activists look to past for vision of a democratic future

AS the high of holding the Eurovision Song Contest turns into a hangover, Azerbaijanis could be forgiven for their independence day celebrations appearing somewhat muted. But in a small village 50km from the capital Baku several hundred people gathered before a statue of the man who symbolises their hopes for the future. Mammad Rasulzade oversaw […]

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Oruj eats, sleeps and relaxes in the family room with his wife, mother and two siblings.

Oil-rich Azerbaijan’s IDPs stuck in student accommodation 20 years after displacement

Living with your parents, partner and kids until you can afford to move out can be stressful for the most harmonious of families. Doing so for years with one room between you to eat, sleep and relax in is psychologically damaging. But that is the reality for thousands of Internally Displaced People in Azerbaijan who […]

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