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…)

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…)

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.

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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.

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JHS Winter School 2014 Balkan

Participants from the Balkans during the JHS Winter School 2014

November 11-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised two conferences on ideology for political active youth from the Eastern Neighbourhood. The conferences were held in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. Topics at the conference treated the principles from our book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford. (more…)

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) criticizes the presidential elections in Azerbaijan held on October 9, which was heavily undermined by restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and association. (more…)

May 3-6, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged this year’s Spring School, a conference on ideology with young politicians from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus and Sweden. The conference was held in Nynashamn, south of Stockholm, and topics such as democracy, market economy and human rights were discussed, as well as more practical issues about further EU enlargement and the situation in the Eastern Partnership countries. (more…)

April 4-6, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised three conferences in Baku, in cooperation with the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA). The country’s authoritarian regime seems to continue holding a tight grip of the country, prior to the presidential election in October this year. (more…)

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) reports, in its latest newsletter, about the political prisoners in Azerbaijan and how the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe handles the question.

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A series of protests have taken place in Azerbaijan since the beginning of this year, by various social groups in different parts of the country. What these protests had in common was their resistance to the government’s abuse of power and corruption, according to the Polish Centre for Eastern Studies.

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