Azeri Visit to Sweden

August 6th, 2011   Azerbaijan | Education

September 5-9, 2011 a delegation from the Azeri opposition party NIPA is visiting Stockholm, Sweden. The program – organized by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation – includes meetings at various levels within the Moderate Party, the Foreign Ministry and the Municipality of Haninge.

The Azeri web based  political magazine Pozisiya.com describsd the visit as follows:

“After an invitation from the ruling party Conservatives, has AMIPs Chairman Yusif Baðýrzadə, party secretary Arzuxan Əlizadə, international secretary Elþən Mustafayev and member of the party executive Sadiq Həmzəyev, started a five-day official trip to Sweden. According to the AMIP’s press office to” Pozisiya.com “the party leadership that during this official visit, which lasts between 5 and 9 September, to coincide with the Moderates’ party secretary. during the trip, they will also have meetings with the Swedish foreign minister’s adviser, Vice-President, members of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee as well as in our country renowned Goran Lennmarker, former chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and rapporteur on Nagorno Karabakh and other executives.

Translation: Thomas Gür

Read Pozisiya’s article on the visit

Protests in Azerbaijan

April 26th, 2011   Articles | Azerbaijan

One in a series of anti-regime protests, inspired by the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, was held on Sunday 17 April, in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. The rally was carried out despite comprehensive measure taken by the police and security services.

The protests were organized by Public House, an umbrella organization that unites the democratic opposition and that was established in protest to the parliamentary election results in November of 2010.  The National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) is one of four parties in Public House. (more…)

Three conferences were held in cooperation with the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) in the Azeri capital Baku on 15-17 April. The overall topic was the post-election situation in Azerbaijan.

The participants were party members of the NIPA; from the regions on the conference’s first day, from the Youth Organization on the second and party members from Baku on the third. (more…)

The Azerbaijan’s elections on November 7, 2010, did not mark meaningful progress in democratic development, said the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/ Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). Cooperation partners of the Hjalmarson Foundation noted that “in many voting places the election committee told people whom they should vote for. In several places committee members themselves put numerous ballots in the boxes.”

“The Central Election Commission said that with 90 percent of the vote counted, Aliyev’s Yeni Azerbaycan (New Azerbaijan) Party increased its share in the 125-seat parliament to more than 70 seats. Candidates loyal to the regime appeared to have taken all the rest of the seats”, writes Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. (more…)

On May 7, 2010 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged Spring School, i.e. a youth conference on ideology based on the book “Principles for a free society” by Dr. Nigel Ashford. The participants came from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Sweden. The conference took place on the island of Muskö in the Stockholm Archipelago.

Dr. Nigel Ashford spoke on the subject of freedom and democracy. Guest speakers from the Moderate Party ran sessions based on further chapters in Dr. Ashford’s book. Gustav Blix and Walburga Habsburg Douglas, both Members of Parliament from the Moderate Party, spoke with reference to globalization and the Eastern Partnership.

The participants were very engaged in the discussions – topics ranging from tolerance and human rights to free enterprise – and were also in charge of presentations of the political situation in their own countries. The participants agreed that they learned a lot from the classes at the conference, and expressed appreciation regarding the possibility to make friends with people from the other countries.

Azerbaijan can be found in spot no 172 out of 197 countries ranked in the Freedom House Press Freedom Index for 2012. Azerbaijan shares this position with Russia and Zimbabwe. Compared with 2011, the conditions and opportunities for journalists to work freely have deteriorated slightly. In 2011, Azerbaijan was found  in place no 171.

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