Conversation with Ilham Aliyev about pressure on civil society

Conversation with Ilham Aliyev about pressure on civil society       In April of this year, Azerbaijan lost its “full member” status at the organization and gained a “candidate” status, which shows that the civil society in Azerbaijan is facing a problematic situation.   According to her, President Aliyev related the pressures against the civil society to “some instability in the region.”   Clare Short served as the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development in 1997-2003. Below you can read her interview with BBC Azerbaijan.   - How did you decide to visit...

NGO crackdown continues—yet another NGO searched

      On May 13, a search was conducted in the office of the Economic Research Center (ERC) by the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, reported ERC Chairman Gubad Ibadoglu, who is currently in the US.   According to him, during the three-hour search, all the computers and accounting documents of the ERC, the Coalition of Public Unions for Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries and the National Budget Group were seized.   “I believe that the investigation of the criminal case opened against NGOs last April has...
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