Rahim Shaliyev

Rahim has worked as a human rights defender and journalist in Azerbaijan and Georgia for over 5 years. He writes mainly about ethnic minorities, queer issues, peacebuilding, and women's rights. He is currently leading the Colourfull Caucasus project.

The name game in Azerbaijan: protection or discrimination?

Azerbaijan’s list of banned names is supposed to protect children from ridicule, but many suspect the true purpose is ethnic discrimnation.

Beyond the controversies, Baku’s Europa League final brought little for locals

Despite complaints of few benefits of playing host, human rights defenders say it was beneficial in drawing attention to abuses in the country.

Libraries full of hate: from Azerbaijan to Georgia

Azerbaijan has been supplying Georgian libraries with books containing hate speech against Armenians.

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