The trial of investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli began in Azerbaijan’s Balakan District Court on 30 November. Mukhtarli was abducted from Georgia and taken to Azerbaijan in May, where he was charged with illegally crossing the border in possession of €10,000 ($11,200) in illegal money, which Mukhtarli’s lawyer claims was planted on him.
People with disability in Azerbaijan are trying to craft normal lives. But their efforts are hampered by badly designed infrastructure, discrimination at every turn, and flawed legislation. [Read more…]
Two teenagers have committed suicide in Azerbaijan, reportedly after facing homophobic pressure. Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, a local rights group, reported on 14 November that the reason behind both deaths was pressure from their families and others. [Read more…]
Internet Freedom in Azerbaijan and Armenia have slightly deteriorated while Georgia has slightly strengthened its position, according to a recent Freedom House report. [Read more…]
Although official figures show low levels of emigration, many young students and specialists from Azerbaijan appear to be moving abroad for work. This has led many in the country to begin to question: is there a new brain drain in Azerbaijan?
The shortest rail connection between Europe and Asia has now began operating. But questions remain over whether the project will bring together East and West, be competitive, and bring economic success?
A number of Afghans came to Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. Twenty-three years on, many have stayed, making a new life for themselves, in a foreign country. [Read more…]
On 31 October, several dozen Daghestani lorry drivers gathered at the customs post on the Azerbaijani border demanding an apology for insults directed at them by a Daghestani customs officer.
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security says they have killed three members of an armed group who were planning a terrorist attack during an opposition demonstration. [Read more…]