In 2011 European Stability Initiative published the report Generation Facebook in Baku. Please visit the homepage of ESA for further reading about Azerbaijan and analysis about the developments in the country.

It is disturbing that President Aliyev seems to have changed his mind in regards to Azerbaijan’s cooperation with the EU. Earlier he talked about a wish to become members of the EU in the future. Today he wants his country to be an ally of the EU. It looks like he wants to have the advantages of geopolitically belonging to the West but not wanting to abandon the “privileges” of a dictatorship”, said MEP Gunnar Hökmark who recently visited Baku as chairman of the Policy Committee of Euronests Parliamentary Assembly.

He explains that the Azerbaijani government doesn’t want to comply with the requirements the EU imposes on a democracy. (more…)

Gunnar Hökmark, moderate European politicians declare in a newspaper that Azerbaijan is a secular society, “which defines the way to Europe but who, because of oil money gives the elite and the dictatorship of the family a space that at once affirmEurope but deny European values​​.” He believes that this places more demands onEurope this week to Baku, including “not to be duped by the dictatorship that uses thefacade of the oil wealth has been built and are trying to give the impression that it is a democracy while prohibits the opposition to act. ”

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The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet criticizing an editorial writer ClaesArvidsson Eva Hamilton and SVT, for being too lenient towards the regime in Azerbaijan:”Under the Swedish heats there was silence on the Baku not pop glitter. And while Shawis unwell satisfied Eva Hamilton on TV Nations festival website with the sentence: “Azerbaijan define themselves as a democracy, but in practice the country is ruled largely by the presidential family,” and a link to the Foreign Ministry’s website … ”

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Hjalmarson Foundation has a theme page on developments in Azerbaijan. A trend that causes concern regarding human rights but also the political opposition’s ability to operate.

Theme Page is meant to serve as information centers for facts about Azerbaijan.

Go to the theme page

Visit the thematic page about Azerbaijan

The Foundation has also organized two seminars on Azerbaijan

in Örebro on March 16

in Stockholm on April 27

The Foundation has also published an  interview-report (March 2012) about the developments in Azerbaijan. An update and the report can be read in Svensk Tidskrift  (25 May 2012).

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In Newsletter No 3/2012 you can read

  • a report about Azerbaijan,  including a number of interviews. JHS is launching the report prior to the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Baku in late May: “Azerbaijan – in the shadow of a dictatorship.”
  • you can also learn about the presentation of Krister Wahlbäcks new book about the liberation of the Baltic countries.
  • an interview with two young politicians from Ghana is also included. They were part of a group that visited Sweden for a week in March.


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Thomas Gür holds up the JHS-report on Azerbaijan. To his left,Fuad Muxtarli and to his right Gerald Knaus.

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has during the last ten years been supporting democracy in Azerbaijan. An authoritarian state in which the political opposition only can work within the narrow conditions of the regime. The foundation’s partner in the country is the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA).

Due to the Eurovision Song Contest, that took place in Baku on May 26, the JHS arranged two seminars about the developments in Azerbaijan, during the spring of 2012.

The European Stability Initiative ESI) has released a report “Caviar Diplomacy, How Azerbaijan silenced the Council of Europe”;

During a seminar on April 27, Gunnar Hökmark and Sven-Gunnar Adén discussed the developments in Azerbaijan.





Watch the live broadcast from a seminar on March 16, 2012.

Watch a film from a seminar on April 27, 2012.

Read the interview-report published by the Hjalmarson Foundation.

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has resently launched a thematic page aboutAzerbaijan called Democracy for Azerbaijan. Developments in Azerbaijan causes concern regarding human rights but also the political opposition’s ability to operate.

The thematic page is meant to serve as information hub for facts about Azerbaijan.

Go to Democracy for Azerbaijan

An interview report written by Elisabeth Precht, Head of Information at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation.

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Read or download the report (pdf)


On May 26, the Eurovision Song Contest will be organized in Baku, Azerbaijan. The former Soviet state is today led by an authoritarian president. The legal system has serious defects and arbitrary arrests of political opponents are not uncommon.
Since 2003 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation collaborates with the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA), one of several opposition parties allowed to operate within very narrow limits.
At the Sverigemöte in Örebro, Sweden, on March 16 the Foundation will organize a seminar on Azerbaijan. Panelists are Fuad Muxtarov from Baku, active in politics, and Gerald Knaus, Chairman of European Stability Initiative, based in Istanbul. A report on Azerbaijan will be presented.

Swedish MP Elisabeth Bjornsdotter Rahm in Baku

On January 27-29, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan, NIPA, arranged two conferences in the Azeri capital Baku. NIPA is a democratic opposition party against the country’s dictatorship.Friday 27, a conference for female politicians took place and was opened by the Swedish MP Elisabeth Björnsdotter Rahm, who held a speech on “International Cooperation and the Importance of Women in Politics.” Jeyran Ansar, from NIPA’s political council spoke on the future of NIPA’s women’s organization. Gustaf Stenlund and Clara Wahren, both working as press staff at the Swedish Moderate party participated as well.

During the week-end, youth politicians met to discuss forms and methods of youth involvement in Azeri politics. The discussions focused on how to reach out in social media and how to organize a youth organization efficiently. The Azeri participants witnessed on the difficulties and risks that faces many young political activists in their country.

Ali Orujov, Yusif Baghirzade, Kristina Lutz, Elshan Mustafayev, Fuad Mukhtarov and Arzukhan Ali-Zada

On 21-24 November, the leadership of the oppositional National Independance Party of Azerbaijan visited Brussels, to build contacts, knowledge and exchange ideas.

The visit program included meetings with Moderate Party members of the European Parliament, the Swedish Ambassador to the EU, deputy secretary general of the European People’s Party and the European External Action Service’s expert on  Azerbaijan. Some of the issues on the agenda were the challenges regarding democratic development and freedom of the media in  Azerbaijan,and the conflict over Nagorno-Karabach.

”It is easy to start a war, but it is difficult to end one”

Göran Lennmarker, chairman of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation.

Read the interview by the Azeri Press Agency (APA) in English

Read the interview by the Azeri Press Agency (APA) in Russian

Read the interview by the Azeri Press Agency (APA) in Azeri