Tag archive of Azerbaijan Democracy Act

Azerbaijani government hires US lobbying group for 300,000 USD

The Washington-based lobbying organization Podesta Group will provide PR services to the Azerbaijan authorities during the first half of 2016 for 300,000 USD. According to the contract signed by the Azerbaijani Ambassador to the US, Elin Suleymanov, they will receive 50,000 USD per month to improve the image of the Azerbaijani government in the United States.   It is noteworthy that the contract has been signed during the most difficult period

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Khadija Ismayil: Our Country is in a Much Worse Situation than us Right Now

Journalist Khadija Ismayil has released a response to the President’s failure to include a single political prisoner in his traditional New Year pardon, despite hopes among some quarters.   “I am fine. Our country is in a much worse situation than [political prisoners] right now. You need to think about how to save our country, not us,” she said. (more…)

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Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (December 21-30)

The final week of the year was marked by a series of dramatic developments in Azerbaijan. In particular, the Azerbaijani Manat lost half its value on December 21, after the country’s Central Bank scrapped the currency's dollar peg amid sharp declines in the price of oil. While the previous devaluation in February had caused an outcry among opposition parties and independent experts, this time the general public rushed to express their discontent.

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Fury in Baku over Azerbaijan Democracy Act

On December 16, the chairman of the US Helsinki Commission, Chris Smith introduced the Azerbaijan Democracy Act to Promote Rule of Law, Human Rights), HR 4264, a landmark bill that will deny US visas to senior members of the Azerbaijani government for human rights violations. The spokesman of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hikmat Hajiyev, has provided an official comment on the bill. “The Azerbaijan Democracy Act bill is completely

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