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Stories about Azerbaijan

20 April 2019

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.

14 April 2019

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.

11 April 2019

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.

30 March 2019

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

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

22 January 2019

Azerbaijani prosecutors drop controversial charges against political prisoner

Activists cheered the concession as a victory of people power.

8 January 2019

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

Advox

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

4 July 2018

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."

12 April 2018

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

The Bridge

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

21 March 2018

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

9 February 2018

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

3 January 2018

Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azerbaijan?

Advox

Legal reforms restricting online speech seem to threaten everyone but the ruling elite of Azerbaijan.

12 November 2017

Azerbaijani Activist Defies Government Pressure, NGO Stereotypes

"What I've seen during my lifetime is that most of the democracy and freedom fighters sold out in the end."

10 September 2017

Pioneering Theatre in Azerbaijan Offers a Stage to Actors with Disabilities

“This is not a social project, it’s not a hobby, we are working professionally.”

5 August 2017

Think You've Mastered Tongue Twisters? Try Them in Lezgi!

Rising Voices

While widely spoken in the Caucasus, Lezgi is an endangered language. But YouTube users are doing their best to save it.

1 June 2017

Spare a Thought for the Dissidents Living in Fear of the Azerbaijani State's Long Arms

Afghan Mukhtarli thought he had escaped Azerbaijan. He ended up back there, without his passport and facing jail time.

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

Advox

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

14 May 2017

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Advox

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

3 March 2017

In Azerbaijan, Another Blogger Gets Jail Time

Advox

"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."

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