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Human Rights in Azerbaijan Ahead of 2013 Presidential Elections

In 2013, major rallies rolled over Azerbaijan. The government reacted immediately by arresting youth activists, starting a smear campaign in local media against US funded organizations, and shutting down pro-democracy projects in the country. In this most recent interview Geysar talked about civil unrest in Ismayilli, protests against soldier deaths and hazing in the army, as well as the arrest of NIDA youth movement activist that followed March demonstrations.

In last 24 hours

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.

Professor Pearce to deliver talk on Azerbaijani internet usage

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.