Anar Mammadli, chairperson of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center in Azerbaijan, considers the position of the Government of Azerbaijan against the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Desir, as wrong, groundless and against the public interest of Azerbaijani citizens. “Mr Desir successfully worked on the protection of the freedom of...
An online petition has been initiated by Azerbaijani civil society actors, human rights defender and lawyers an other citizens to call the authorities to release the prisoners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In petition it is stated that the poor quality of food and overcrowdedness of the detention centers becomes especially problematic during the pandemic and may lead to...
EMDS calls law enforcement bodies to investigate the pressure against activist Fuad Ismayılov EMDS is concerned over the news about activist Fuad Ismayilov who has been beaten up in the Binagadi temporary detention center as reported by his family members. EMDS notes that the pressure against Fuad Ismayilov is due to his active work in 9 February 2020 early Parliamentary Elections...
EMDS calls law enforcement bodies to investigate the pressure against the elected municipality member Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) expresses concern over the pressure in last two months against the Neftchala District, Kholgaragashli village municipality member Vafa Nagi who was elected in 23 December 2019 Municipal Elections and regards it as political pressure due to the independent...
Information bulletin of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center on abuses the COVID-19 response actions during quarantine regime in Azerbaijan Azerbaijan is currently under extended quarantine regime until the 15th of June. Most of the restrictions are lifted, however, temporarily harsh quarantine regime covering the first weekend of June has been installed and more weekends to follow. From 6th to 8th...
May 25th, 2020 Background: Most of the quarantine-related restrictions are lifted in Azerbaijan, however partial lock-down is to end on the 31st of May. SMS permit system to leave for outdoors has been cancelled whereas borders remain closed. As of May 25th, there have been 4122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection with 2607 people were recovered and 49 died. The number...
Information bulletin of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center on abuses the COVID-19 response actions during quarantine regime in Azerbaijan May 11, 2020  Background: Azerbaijan remains under lockdown regime due to COVID-19 which is to end on May 31st. Most of the restrictions are lifted, however, SMS-permit system for leaving the home is still in force in 4 big cities, including capital...
Information bulletin of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center on abuses the COVID-19 response actions during quarantine regime in Azerbaijan April 17, 2020 Background: The Operative Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers was established on February 27 which confirmed the first case of infection in Azerbaijan a day later. Later, a lock-down regime is declared in Azerbaijan. Shops, cafes, restaurants, malls, most...
Information bulletin of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center on abuses the COVID-19 response actions during quarantine regime in Azerbaijan April 10, 2020 The Operative Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers was established on February 27 which confirmed the first case of infection in Azerbaijan a day later. A lock-down regime is declared in Azerbaijan. Shops, cafes, restaurants, malls, most of the...
In view of the so-called 'presidential and parliamentary elections' in Nagorno-Karabakh on 31 March 2020, the European Union reiterates that it does not recognise the constitutional and legal framework within which they are being held. This event cannot prejudice the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the outcome of the ongoing negotiation process. The EU recalls its firm support...

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