This document analyzes the measures taken by the state with regards to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Azerbaijan and the implementation of quarantine rules and describes the new political situation in the country in the light of increasing political persecution during the quarantine period. The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) referred to national legislation, information and documents...
On his 15th day of hunger strike Tofig Yagublu’s health conditions entered to a critical phase. According to his doctor and people met and contacted him, he is conscious, however has physiological difficulties at expressing himself. Yagublu is having problems with his sight and barely folds his hands. He cannot stand without help of others. A blood test was taken...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) considers the decision of the Nizami disctrict court on 3 september 2020 to imprison Tofig Yagublu for 4 years and 3 months unlawful and regards the judgement as a result of unfair and politically biased attitude. Additionally, it became apparent during the court trials that the videofliming of the event taped by Yagublu...
Public activist Vafa Nagi was expelled from the municipal council of the village of Khol Garagashly, Neftchala region (174 km south of Baku). She herself informed Turan about this. She noted that during her treatment in Turkey, the head of the municipal council of the village Alibala Salimov for 16 days called meetings three times, and under the pretext of...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center received new information after issuing a press release on the events of 14-15 July rally in Baku. It should be noted that there were reports from independent sources on more than 70 detained people. Read the new press-release here
On July 12, new skirmishes outbroke in the borderline between Azerbaijan and Armenia, near the Tovuz district, which as a result both sides have lost personnel members with 11 personnel members and one civilian, resident of Tovuz, from Azerbaijan. Following this, at the night of the 14th of July, citizens from capital Baku and surrounding areas initiated a rally...
Azerbaijan applied quarantine regime to combat the spread of the coronavirus infection since the mid-March. In his Novruz holiday address, President Ilham Aliyev announced the need for the system of relations in which the isolation of the opposition forces may become a necessity. In general, after the abovementioned speech of the President a new wave of political persecution started targeting...
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...

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