With some of the highest tuition fees in the region but low performance, critics say Azerbaijan’s education system doesn’t make the grade. [Read more…]
Mystery drugs, bad food, unknown rules, and a complete absence of clocks. Patients at the Narcological Dispensary in Nalchik report living in a Kafkaesque nightmare. [Read more…]
New police units are to be created in Baku with the aim of fighting ‘cases contradictory to public morality’, especially sex-work. Critics say that this may be a cover for further state interference with independent social and political life.
The problem of forced and underage marriage is endemic in Azerbaijan, and experts say that purely legislative changes have done little to address it.
Elderly teachers have been offered a generous retirement package as part of new reforms announced by Georgia’s Education Ministry. But some critics fear a ‘purge’ of older teachers. [Read more…]
Mass executions, murders, abductions, rape, torture, intimidation, extortion, forged criminal proceedings, monstrous corruption — this is what Ramzan Kadyrov’s Chechnya looks like today. The Russian republic is completely disconnected from the Russian legal system — with the consent of the Russian authorities.
In 2018, a group of local residents in Armenia’s Tavush region decided to stand up to a mining company. Now other communities are following suit as a revolution of ‘direct democracy’ seems poised to sweep the countryside.
The amendments to the law On Courts and Judges adopted by the Azerbaijani Parliament on Tuesday are supposed to ensure the independence of the judiciary. However, lawyers believe that the independence of the judiciary is impossible while it depends on the executive branch.
Over the past six years, Azerbaijan’s civil society has deteriorated on all fronts. As the government continues to interfere with the activities of NGOs, prosecuting human rights defenders and political activists alike, banning them from travelling abroad, and freezing their bank accounts, the sector has become paralysed.
Hundreds were hospitalised after police and protesters clashed on 20–21 June, and questions remain over the actions of the police. Despite an investigation into violence by police being opened, no officer has yet been charged. [Read more…]