Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov has proposed to the Milli Mejlis [parliament] increasing the maximum administrative detention from 15 days to 2 months. Administrative detention is a sentence often handed down to protest participants and opposition activists, but can be given for other infractions including drunk driving and vehicular hooliganism.
Musavat Party Youth Committee Chairperson Tural Abbasli’s 600 AZN fine from the January 12 “End Soldiers’ Deaths” was replaced with 220 hours of labor by the Nasimi District Court today.
Forensic analysis found no evidence of drug use by jailed Popular Fount activist Dashgin Melikov, according to Melikov's lawyer. Melikov is in pretrial detention and is charged with possession of a narcotic.
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety photographer and video producer Mehman Husenyov was interrogated for 4.5 hours by the Prosecutor General’s office on Thursday about the case of 7 jailed NIDA activists facing weapons and drugs charges. Huseynov's relation to the case is unclear as he is not affiliated with NIDA.
Both Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Nakhchivan Autonomous Region Chief Vasif Talibov have been included on Reporters Without Borders’ recently released Enemies of the Press list.
Assistant Professor Katy Pearce is giving a talk titled “Networked Authoritarianism in Azerbaijan: How the Azerbaijani government uses the Internet to deter dissent” on May 2 at 7 p.m. in HUB 214. Pearce holds affiliation with the Ellison Center for Russian East European, and Central Asian Studies and specializes in technology and media use in the Former Soviet Union. Her research focuses on social and political uses of technologies and digital content in the transitioning democracies and semi-authoritarian states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, but primarily Armenia and Azerbaijan. This talk will cover the increased importance of online political life in Azerbaijan and the role of social media.
Because I inherited Azerbaijan from my Dad, it was long assumed I was just an amiable guy with little aptitude for the harsh realities of politics. A big mistake! I have everything under control. If a journalist refers to me, my wife or my associates in less than laudatory terms, he will soon learn what I am made off. Death threats, kidnappings – my thugs stop at nothing. But that doesn’t prevent us from sometimes acting with tact. With the help of sex tapes and rumours, smear campaigns are often enough to bring our opponents to heel.
I and also N!DA Civic Movement considers the arrests of its members as a repression against the organization.
It looks like revolutions and people’s frustrations aren’t just characteristic to the world of the Middle East. Not far from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya to name just a few, rests a country on the shores of the Caspian Sea.