April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Council of Europe released Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow ...[read more]
December 7, 2013
by Addison Morris
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women is a ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A court in Azerbaijan on Monday convicted a group of 29 people of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. The court sentenced the group to prison terms ranging from nine years to life. The group was arrested in April and May 2012 and was accused of plotting to kill Azerbaijan's president, Ilham ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. ...[read more]
May 1, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Leyla Safarova, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the fifth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Safarova explores property law in Azerbaijan, arguing that ...[read more]
April 19, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Azerbaijani authorities on Tuesday to conduct an investigation into the violent attack by police and security personnel against journalist Idrak Abbasov. Abbasov was beaten ...[read more]
November 3, 2011
by Megan McKee
JURIST Senior Editor Sarah Paulsworth, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, is a Boren Fellow and has lived and worked in Azerbaijan. She writes about the impermissible pressure Azerbaijan's Lawyers' Collegium exerts on independent lawyers who defend dissidents, human rights ...[read more]
May 9, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 9, 2006, the UN General Assembly elected 47 member states to seats on the newly created UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US chose not to run for election to the body, sparking speculation that alleged abuses stemming from the "war on terror" would have prevented them from being ...[read more]
March 30, 2011
by Joseph Schaeffer
Sarah Paulsworth, University of Pittsburgh School of Law '12, writes about the absence of alternative military service in Azerbaijan and of protections afforded to conscientious objectors (COs) under international law... The Imprisoned Activist and condition of CO's in Azerbaijan On March 4, 2011 ...[read more]
December 26, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 26, 2008, the parliament of Azerbaijan, the Milli Majlis, voted 100-7 to conduct a referendum on whether to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits. The constitution then allowed only two terms in office, which would bring the administration of President Ilham Aliyev ...[read more]

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