Tag archive of December 2015

Summary of Human Rights and Political Developments in Azerbaijan (December 7-12)

Hopes for improvements to the human rights situation in Azerbaijan are fading, as it becomes increasingly clear that any positive development in this sphere is unfailingly followed by a negative event. Namely, on December 8, the deputy chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on charges of making appeals against the state (Article 281.1 of Criminal Code) and incitement of national, racial, social and religious hatred

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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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Summary of last week developments (December 14-18)

This week has been a tough one for the Azerbaijani government.   The first blow came from the Council of Europe; Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is launching an official investigation into Azerbaijan’s compliance with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. In an unprecedented move, Jagland is initiating this investigation  based on Article 52 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human

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