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Azerbaijan: Journalist on Trial

(Aug. 13, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the case of Khadija Ismayilova, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Azerbaijan, was brought to trial, eight months after she was arrested on accusations of tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement. Ismayilova asserts that the charges are politically motivated, following her reporting on government […]

Azerbaijan: New Law on Religious Organizations

(June 16, 2009) A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by the Milli Mejlis (legislature). The Law revises the definition of a religious organization, with the purpose […]

Azerbaijan: Law to Counter Terrorism Financing

(Mar. 4, 2009) On February 10, 2009, the Milli Majlis (legislature) of Azerbaijan passed the Law on Countering Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. The Law was drafted under the supervision of the Council of Europe, whose recommendations were included in the text of the Law. According to the Law, a special government agency tasked with […]

Azerbaijan: Court Removes Limits on Number of Presidential Terms

(Jan. 26, 2009) On December 24, 2008, the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan ruled that amendments to the nation's Constitution passed by the legislature on December 19, 2008, are constitutional and eligible for confirmation by the electorate in a popular referendum scheduled for February 2009. Twenty-six of the amendments abrogate the existing provision prohibiting an incumbent […]

Azerbaijan: Peacekeeping Contingent in Afghanistan Will Be Doubled

(Sept. 29, 2008) On September 18, 2008, the Security and Defense Committee of the Parliament of Azerbaijan unanimously approved amendments to the Law on Participation in Peacekeeping Operations in Afghanistan, which were introduced in the legislature by the Azerbaijani President Ilhom Aliyev. The goal of the proposed bill is to double the Azerbaijani contingent in […]

Azerbaijan: Election Law Changed

(July 2, 2008) On June 3, 2008, amendments to the Electoral Code of Azerbaijan were passed by the nation's legislature. The amendments, which were proposed by the Azerbaijani presidential administration on the eve of a new presidential election campaign, shorten the duration of the campaign, prohibit any electoral activities earlier than three months before the […]