The Working Group (WG) on Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan presents updated Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan. The update covers the period until 20 February 2019. Persons recognized as political prisoners based on documents obtained, court observations and interviews, the Working Group has already recognized 127 people as political prisoners; they are: - 9 journalists and bloggers (Nijat...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center issued assessment report on the freedom of movement in Azerbaijan and politically motivated travel bans The report describes politically motivated travel bans imposed on 30 people but the real number could be much higher.They include 18 journalists, five political activists, four lawyers and human rights defenders, two writers and a civil society representative. The aim...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared this report on the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan covering the year 2018 based on publicly available and alternative sources of information. There has been no progress in the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan in 2018. EMDS is a non-profit organization promoting human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan. For more information download...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) conducted  observation of the April 11, 2018 Presidential election in Azerbaijan covering all major election processes – nomination of candidates, pre-election campaign,election day voting and vote counting. EMDS conducted its long-term election observation by collaborating with 22 observers throughout the process. On election day EMDS cooperated with 166 volunteer observers across 110 electoral...
This policy brief aims to learn the compliance of the legislation regulating the activities of the local and international NGOs with the Council of Europe and OSCE standards and the shortcomings in this regard. In particular, by analyzing the legal norms regarding the registration, financing and sanctions on the activities of local and international NGOs in Azerbaijan, the restrictive amendments to the...
The final report by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on the 11 April 2018 early presidential election in Azerbaijan recommends that electoral legislation be revised through a genuine participatory and consultative process, sufficiently in advance of the next elections. The aim should be to bring legislation in compliance with international standards and obligations, guarantee...
EMDS conducted long- and short-term observation of all stages of the 11 April 2018 Presidential Election, including nomination and registration of candidates, election campaign, voting and vote counting on the Election Day. The organization also issued a statement following the scheduling of the early election. EMDS cooperated with 22 long-term (LTOs) and 166 short-term observers (STOs) during the monitoring effort....
Seven other candidates did not only avoid criticizing the government but also openly and actively campaigned for Aliyev during the debates on Public TV.     None of the candidates even mentioned names of ministers or other cabinet members, and choose to occasionally express very general criticism of state policies. EMDS stated that there was no competitive environment during the campaign. Shortcomings of...
The OSCE / ODIHR Assessment Mission released a report on the pre-election situation in Azerbaijan on March 29 on the eve of the presidential elections on April 11. In the section on the pre-election atmosphere, it is said that the CEC has designated 168 sites across the country for campaigning. A number of opposition parties protested against the presidential...
Four organizations that will conduct an exit-poll during the extraordinary presidential elections to be held on April 11 were registered at the Central Election Commission. These are "Els" Independent Research Center, "Rey" Monitoring Center. Also, the Citizens' Labor Rights Protection League will hold an "exit-poll" together with the US-based "Arthur Finkelstein and Association", as well as the Independent Counseling...

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