Participants during the conference on Principles for a Free Society in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Participants during the conference on Principles for a Free Society in Baku, Azerbaijan.

As the totalitarian rule in Azerbaijan continues its oppression on the country’s democratic forces and imprisonment of journalists valuing the freedom of speech, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged on December 3-4 a conference on democratic and ideological values in Baku. The conference targeted members of the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) from all around the country. (more…)

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Thursday, October 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar on the Georgian parliamentary elections that took place on October 8th. Thornike Gordadze, Senior Advisor for Education, Research and Studies at the French Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) and Former State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia described the elections and the results. (more…)

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Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has the pleasure of welcoming you to a seminar on the elections in Georgia at Stora Nygatan 30 in Stockholm, Thursday, October 13, 2016. Read more about the seminar and how to participate below.

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September 26, Azerbaijan faces a referendum on constitutional changes aiming to strengthen the powers of President Ilham Aliyev. The proposed changes include prolonging the term of office from five to seven years as well as abolishing the minimum age for future presidential candidates. New posts as First Vice President and Vice President will be introduced and the powers for the President to dissolve the parliament will be expanded. (more…)

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Local leaders from UNM at one of the two conferences on door-to-door campaigning

After almost four years of populistic and oligaristic rule with Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream, the opinion polls now show that the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 15 is going to be a nail-biter as Georgians go to the ballots. From being in disadvantageous position, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s co-operation party, the United National Movement, is now less than one percent behind the ruling party. (more…)

The imprisoned Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released May 25. She was detained December 2014 after critical reporting linking President Aliyev’s family to corruption. Still, there are over 80 political prisoners in Azerbaijan, according to Freedom House.

Read more on Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Representatives of the leading opposition party in Georgia, United National Movement (UNM), were last Sunday encountered by an offensive mob as they were visiting a polling station in Kortskheli in the administrative centre of Samegrelo-Zemo. Among the affected were high profile figures such as the party’s international secretary, Giga Bokeri, and the former Tbilisi mayoral candidate, Nika Melia. According to local media, at least four other MP’s belonging to the party were accosted as well, together with several activists.

Georgia has during the last years experienced a setback in democracy since Bidzina Ivanishvili’s government party, Georgian Dream (GD), has tightened its grip around several democratic institutions such as the free press, and actively preventing the voice of the opposition to be heard.

Watch a recording over the tensions on YouTube here

EPP condemns the assault in a statement here

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Participants from one of the conferences in Kutaisi, Georgia

During the last year, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the International Republican Institute have arranged women conferences for active female politicians from our co-operation organisation in Georgia, the United National Movement. Ten conferences have taken place throughout the country, with the aim of establishing a strong and effective women forum in the party. On February 18-21, the last four conferences took place in Kutaisi, in the region of Imereti. (more…)

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Wednesday, January 27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged the seminar Developments in Georgia – Challenges for Western integration. Two representatives of United National Movement (UNM), Georgia’s largest opposition party, described the recent years political developments in Georgia, the challenges for stronger Western integration and the situation for the opposition in the upcoming parliamentary elections in October this year.

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The dramatically deteriorating economic situation in Azerbaijan has caused a wave of spontaneous protests which have been ongoing since January 12. The people are protesting against price rises and demanding that the unemployment problem be resolved. Protests were seen in more than ten different places across Azerbaijan, including the cities of Quba and Siyazan.

Read the OSW article here