Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from May, 2021
European Parliament calls for ‘immediate’ and ‘unconditional’ release of Armenian prisoners
On May 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Azerbaijani government to release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives.
Fifteen Georgian political parties sign joint agreement on queer rights
Fifteen political parties in Georgia have signed a statement outlining their commitment to protecting the rights of queer people.
Demolition of iconic dragon mosaic in Almaty stirs debate on urban art in Kazakhstan
The dragon, which used to adorn the façade of a Thai restaurant, was a landmark of Almaty’s city center.
Azerbaijan’s former ‘graffiti prisoner’ Bayram Mammadov found dead in Turkey
"I find things extremely difficult to believe in; that it's been exactly five years and that exactly five years from now, and the following years, will be spent without Bayram."
Georgia toughens penalties for administrative offences
Georgian MPs have passed legislative amendments that introduce harsher fines and longer periods of pre-trial arrest for offenses that are routinely used by police to detain street protesters.
Viral video sparks debate on sexual harassment in Azerbaijan
The video caught ex-MP and university professor Huseynbala Miralamov inappropriately touching a female employee.