Azerbaijani opposition parties have cancelled a rally planned for 2 November saying they fear the government would have used ‘strong provocations’ to disrupt and discredit it. In the days running up to the protest, the government has reportedly used several methods to apply pressure to prevent it.
Hundreds of people were arrested on Saturday in Baku during a protest organised by opposition coalition the National Council of Democratic Forces. A number of journalists and opposition activists were among those detained, including the Popular Front Party leader Ali Karimli. [Read more…]
An opposition activist in Azerbaijan who was reportedly abducted on Tuesday by unknown men has reappeared in custody and been sentenced to 30 days administrative detention. His disappearance and subsequent prosecution came soon after he was threatened with ‘crucifixion’ by the founder of ‘National Fedayis’ movement. [Read more…]