by Mina Muradova (05/01/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Azerbaijan’s president appointed a new Minister of Education six months before the presidential election. Some observers termed the decision a positive development, while others do not think a change of personalities will lead to real reforms of the education system, especially during an election year.
by Mina Muradova (04/17/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On April 10, Azerbaijani authorities shut down the Azad Fikir University (AFU, Free Thought University) set up by Western-educated youth leaders to promote human rights and other democratic values among youth. Human rights activists consider this step as representative of the government’s increasing pressure on alternative voices in the country ahead of the presidential election in October, 2013. On April 10, AFU informed its ca. 16,000 Facebook followers that representatives of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office arrived at the AFU without warning, sealed the door and closed the office.
by Mina Muradova (04/03/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Azerbaijani opposition leader Ilgar Mammadov has released an open letter from prison, reading: “Here in prison it is particularly striking to see how the international community is ridiculously trying to play by civilized rules with the rich Azerbaijani dictatorship, while the latter is laughing right in the face of that community and of its own citizens...”
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