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Stories about Azerbaijan

Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving their homes

The Azerbaijani government has tightened its quarantine restrictions, and now enlists mobile networks to manage public movement.

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Azerbaijan signals a lockdown and a crackdown in fight against coronavirus

Attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Azerbaijan's president has closed the country's borders, emptied its streets, cancelled large public gatherings, and given a fiery speech against the opposition.

Azerbaijan's snap parliamentary election produces the normal results

Azerbaijan's latest parliamentary elections were called well ahead of schedule. Otherwise, they were quite normal: with allegations of ballot stuffing and a huge majority for pro-government candidates.

Inside the party membership scandal rocking Azerbaijan's opposition

For years there have been rumours that Azerbaijan's opposition parties sold membership cards to people seeking asylum in Europe. A wave of arrests suggests that the rumours could be, in...

Protesting domestic violence, Azerbaijani women take to the streets and social networks

One girl's story of domestic violence has sparked a nationwide conversation.

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

Azerbaijanis wary of new ‘morality police’

Progressive Baku residents see "morality police" as immoral, and experts say the move will ultimately be ineffective.

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

Azerbaijani artists win fight to save a prayer house-turned-cinema from demolition

In a city increasingly overtaken by skyscrapers, the Salaam Cinema has become a symbol of resistance.

In the mountains of northern Azerbaijan, football has become a goal for girls

Impoverished Shaki is a conservative place, but the town's talented girls' football team is emerging as a national powerhouse.

Teenager's tragic death at Baku school directs anger towards Azerbaijan's broken system

A disgraced school director, a local official and hospital staff have all come under fire over Elina Hajiyeva's tragic death.

Iran faces backlash from its Azeri citizens over Armenia and the Karabakh question

Far more Azeris live in Iran than in Azerbaijan. When Armenia's PM visited Tehran earlier this year, they made their voices heard.

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

Azerbaijan leader gives first TV interview after 15 years in office. He could use more practice.

"My conclusion: the government is very worried!"

Azerbaijani prosecutors drop controversial charges against political prisoner

Activists cheered the concession as a victory of people power.

Azerbaijanis pressure government to #FreeMehman after blogger endures 12 days on hunger strike

Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.

Nagorno Karabakh mothers’ protest puts Azerbaijan's regime on the back foot

The state made a promise to compensate families whose sacrifices are lauded in official rhetoric. Then it let them down.

Authorities blame air conditioning as Azerbaijan plunges into darkness

"As soon as he got on the phone, all he could talk about was the heat inside the jail."

Freedom abroad, fear at home: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer detained for 30 days

Emin Aslan had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.

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