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Democratization in Azerbaijan (Program Description)
IDEE Presidential  Election Observer Mission (2003)

Articles and Documents: 2013

Azerbaijaini Blogger Sentenced to Nine Years (November 13, 2013, IRFS)
The Perils of Content with Azerbaijan: Is Status Quo Sustainable (Azerbaijani Americans for Democracy Conference)
          Presentations by Irena Lasota, Rasul Jafarov, Elmar Chakhtakhtinski, and Gorkmaz Asgarov (Video: November 7, 2013)
Human Rights Watch: Release Critics (November 4, 2013)
Azeri Report (link)

Articles and Documents: 2012

"Rights Groups Slam Azerbaijan Over Internet Freedom" (RFE/RL,
Nov. 8)
"Searching for Freedom Online in Azerbaijan": A Report of the Expression Online Initiative (Nov.  5)
Open Letter of the Expression Online Initiative to Internet Governance Forum (Nov.  5)
Semi-Annual Freedom of Expression Report (IRFS, June 30, 2012)
IRFS Condemns Detention of Mehman Huseynov (IRFS, June 13, 2012)
Appeal to Hillary Clinton on Eve of Visit (May 30, 2012)
Statement on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2012)
Articles and Documents: 2011

Statement of Civil Society Organizations on Destruction of IPD Office (August 2011)
European Court Orders Azerbaijan to Recompense 4 Opposition Members Arrested in 2003 (
July 27, 2011)
Fatullayev, Recently Released From Years in Prison, Starts Human Rights Foundation (July 26, 2011)
Appeal to Hillary Clinton on Her Impending Visit to Azerbaijan (June 30, 2011)
Appeal to the Presidents of the U.S. and Council of Europe for Youth Political Prisoners (June 15, 2011)
EU High Representative Ashdown Criticizes High Sentences for Youth Bloggers (May 20, 2011)
IRFS Appeal to the President of the European Parliament (IRFS, May 19, 2011)
IRFS Appeal to the President of the U.S. on the Nearing of World Press Freedom Day (April 29, 2011)     
International Appeal for Fatullayeva's Release (IRFS, March 1, 2011)
The Baku Oil and Local Communities:  A History, edited by Leila Alieva (CNIS)
Human Rights Watch: No Freedom for Azeris (January 26, 2011)
Appeal to EU Commissioner for Freedom of Press in Azerbaijan on Eve of Visit (January 12, 2011)
Baku Oil and Local Communities:  A History, edited by Leila Alieva (CNIS)

Articles and Documents: 2010

Media Monitoring Institute Report on November's Parlaimentary Elections Released (December 13, 2010)
Council of Europe Calls for Release of Eynulla Fatullayev (December 9, 2010)
Youth Blogger Adnan Hajizadej Released (November 18, 2010)
Joint Statement of 19 International Organizations: Without Free Media, Azerbaijan Elections Are Not Fair (November 12, 2010)
NGO Statement Protests Elections to Parliament (November 8, 2010)
Government Rejects European Court; Fatullayeva Begins Hunger Strike for Release (October 19, 2010)
European Court of Human Rights Upholds Decision for Release of Fatullayev (IRFS: October 18, 2010)
IRFS Appeals to Barack Obama to Support Press Freedom and Free Speech Prisoners (September 22, 2010)
Article 19: Release Imprisoned Bloggers and Journalists (August 19, 2010)
CPJ Condemns Denial of Freedom for Hajizade (July 27, 2010)

US State Department Concerned About New Verdict Against Eynulla Fatullayev  (July 7, 2010)
IRFS Appeals to Secretary of State Clinton on Eve of Arrival (June 29, 2010)
Protest of Eynulla Fatullayev's Sentence: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Reporters Without Borders Reiterates Support for Fatullayev (June 10, 2010)
Tortures Widespread in Azerbaijan (May 19, 2010)
Statement Regarding Cofiscation of Materials of Erling Borgen (May 13, 2010)
World Press Freedom Committee Appealed to Ilham Aliyev (May 4, 2010)
lham Aliyev Remains on List of Predators of Press Freedom (May 3, 2010)
'Playing Baseball on the Chessboard - Thoughts About Genocide' (April 23, 2010)
CPJ Condemns New Conviction Against Eynulla Fatullayev (March 18, 2010)
U.S. Helsinki Commission Condemns Imprisonment of Youth Bloggers (March 16, 2010)
State Dept. Annual Report of Human Rights in Azerbaijan (March 11, 2010)
Azerbaijan Ranked First for Jailing Journalists in Europe (February 9, 2010)
Changes Considered to Four Laws to Restrict Mass Media Activities (February 8, 2010)
Civil Society Defence Committee Statement (January 27, 2010)
Response of the IPD to Rude Response of Judges (January 22, 2010)
CPJ Condemns New Conviction Against Eynulla Fatullayev (January 5, 2010)

Articles and Documents: 2009

Ilham Aliyev Signs Decree to Restrict Works of NGOs (December 29, 2009)
Video: "Caged" Azerbaijani Bloggers Defiant in Courtroom (December 22, 2009)
IFD: Violation of Human Rights and Democratic Freedoms (December 3, 2009)
IRFS Chairman Delivers Letter to Benita Ferrero-Waldner (November 17, 2009)
Jailed Azerbaijani Bloggers Adopted as Prisoners of Conscience (Nov. 13, 2009)
International Community Condemns Arrest of Bloggers (November 12, 2009)
Criminal Case Opened Against Young Bloggers (November 11, 2009)        
Employees of Azeri Mission to UN on Arrested Bloggers (November 8, 2009)
Setback Observed in Media Freedom Area in Azerbaijan (October 28, 2009)
Letters Sent to Ilham Aliyev Due to Jailing of Journalists (October 15, 2009)
Human Rights Commitee Concerned About HR in Azerbaijan (August 6, 2009)
Civil Society Forum Protest to the President Against Repression of Youth Activists (July 10, 2009)
IRFS Condemns Final NGO Law As Still Repressive (July 1, 2009)
"We Must Resist": Statement of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (June 17, 2009)
Civil Society Appeal Against Restrictive Law on NGOs (June 15, 2009)
IRFS Statement and Proposed Changes to the NGO Law (June 11, 2009)
Monitoring the Judicial System: Institute for Peace and Democracy (June 8, 2009) (Eng/Rus)
"Voices from Afar: Freetocracy" by Thomas de Waal : On Unfree Elections in the Caucasus
Leila Alieva: Russia's Policies in the Caucasus (March 25, 2009)
IRFS Press Release: U.S. State Department Critical of Azerbaijan on Human Rights (February 26, 2009)
IRFS Appeal to David Plouffe: "Don't Be Manipulated" (February 13, 2009)
EMDSC: Evaluating Preparations to Be Held on March 18, 2009 (February 11, 2009)
Report on The Current Condition of Democracy: (February, 2009)

Glenn R. Simpson: Wall Street Journal (February 9, 2009)  
Judge Shahin Abdullayev Infringes the Right to Public Trial (January 23, 2009)

Articles and Documents: 2008

Presidential Elections: October 14, 2008
Press Realese of Council of Europe (November 14, 2008)

Preliminary Statement of a Citizen Group of Observers (October 15, 2008)
Media Monitoring Reports of IRFS
        Report # 1: August 15-September 12, 2008
        Report # 2 - September 17 - October 8 2008
IRFS on Presidential Elections (October 14)

Appeal to Council of Europe for Special Rapporteur for South Caucasus Political Prisoners (June 6, 2008)
The Govenrment's Plan for Free Elections: "Cleanup of the Territory": Statement of IPD
(May 16th 2008)
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety's Analysis of Changes in Media Law
(May 9, 2008)
Three Imprisoned Azerbaijan Journalists Given Awards for Courage (April 24, 2008)

OSCE Representative on Media Freedom Warns Azerbaijani Authorities (April 11, 2008)

Human Rights Watch Unveils Annual Report On Azerbaijan (IRFS, February 1, 2008)

Bizim Yol Newspaper Correspondent Mushfig Huseynov Sentenced to 6 Years (January 21, 2008)
Statement of the Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS)
Extortion of Prisoners in Azerbaijan: Statement of Institue for Peace and Democracy (ISD) (Janaury 17, 2008)

Archives of Articles and Documents 2000-2007

Human Rights Watch: Events of 2007 in Azerbaijan
OSCE Media Freedom Representative Calls for Decriminalization of Defamation (December 2007)
The Suppression of Freedom of Speech: Statement of Leyla Yunus (November 13, 2007)
IRFS Appeal to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (November 2, 2007)
Azerbaijan's Mass Media is in DANGER (November 19, 2007): A Report of the IRFS
Appeal to the U.N. for Release of Imprisoned Journalists (IRFS) (September 25, 2007)
Appeal to the EU on Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan by Civil Society Leaders (July 21, 2007)
President Admits to Indulging Police Violence: Statement of the IPD  (July 3, 2007)
"Stand Up for Your Words": Appeal to President Bush: Maqam Youth Civic Movement
(April 27, 2006)
"The Hollow Refrain" by Eric Chenoweth (November 2004)
Azerbaijan: "Elections": IDEE Monitoring Mission for the Presidential Elections (November 2003)

A Yugoslavian Dream: The Story of the 2000 Parliamentary Elections (November 2000)

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