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Март 5, 2014 |
This book explores legislation defining the functioning of political parties in Azerbaijan. It includes discussion of various issues ranging from the registration of political parties to the formation of factions within the parliament. The author analyses how an increasingly restrictive legal environment and government policies have influenced the development of a multi-party system in Azerbaijan. She highlights the impact of legislation and electoral practices, the status of factions and groups in the parliament, the political economy of energy rich states and degree of fundamental freedoms upon...
We, the members of the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum of Azerbaijan condemn the verdict by the Lankaran District Court against Yadigar Sadigov, the adviser to the head of Musavat Party. Sadigov has been sentenced to six years in prison and the verdict is the result of the lack of an independent judiciary in Azerbaijan.
The presidential elections year of 2013 has made the human rights picture in the country darker. The number of the political prisoners has again exceeded one hundred persons. Hooliganism, drag and weapon possession has made the list of trumped-up...
In response to the number of restrictive amendments to the NGO law adopted by the Azerbaijani Parliament- Milli Majlis in the end of December and as a follow up of the last conference by the CNIS and CLI the group of leading NGOs ( among them Public Intitiave Center, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan Chapter of Helsinki Civil Assembly and many others) decided to restore created in 2009 the Civil Society Defence Committee ( CSDC) . It was agreed to conduct a series of activities directed to the prevention of signing of the amendments into the law by the president of the republic....
A meeting was held on 26 December, 2013 by joint arrangement of Centre for National and International Studies and Centre for Law Initiatives about the current situation and future of civil society in Azerbaijan and the last legislative changes in the context of Universal Periodic Review. In opening speech the head of Centre for National and International Studies Dr. Leila Alieva emphasized about the functioning of the civil society in Azerbaijan under pressure during 22 years of independence. She underlined the importance of such meetings that the monitoring of the implementation of the recommendations...
The topic of the conference, conducted on 13 December 2013 by CNIS within the series of round tables devoted to the 95th anniversary of the first democratic republic (1918-1920), was “Factors of Power Stability in the Oil Rich States: Cases of Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan”. At the opening of the conference the director of the Center for National and International Studies Leila Alieva focused on major political challenges , which three Caspian states are facing in their state and democracy building. She shaped the focus of discussion - the fate of sustainability of domestic...
EU-Azerbaijan: Driven by strategic importance, lacking value-based impact
Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Nov. 2013
by Leila Alieva
The EU-Azerbaijan ENP agreement signed in 2006 was met with substantial enthusiasm from society and was followed by official statements on the commitment to integration in the EU. At that point, the three states of the South Caucasus were equally eager to become one step closer to the European club. The civil society of Azerbaijan proved its devotion to the ideas of European integration by initiating a national campaign in 2006 to include "European aspirations" in the text...
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Март 29, 2013 |
Johannesburg. 25 March 2013. Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS and the Azerbaijan-based Center for National and International Studies (CNIS) are concerned about the increasingly hostile climate for civic activists in Azerbaijan as the October 2013 presidential elections approach. Since Azerbaijan is due to undergo its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on 30 April 2013, the two organisations urge democratic governments to focus attention on the continuing government crackdown on the freedoms of expression, association and assembly.
The following are some recent...
This book is the third in the series of CNIS publications devoted to a comparative perspective on the identity, policy and relations of the two Turkic states that share a common border and are located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
While the aim of the first volume was to put the current political developments in these two states into a historical perspective – the period of state and democracy-building which resulted in creation of democratic parliamentary republics in the early 20th century - the second focused on the post-Cold-War search for identity in Turkey and Azerbaijan. This...
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Июль 9, 2012 |
The way of promotion of women rights inAzerbaijanandTurkeywas the main topic of the conference held by the Center for National and International Studies in Lahij settlement, Ismayilli region.
Dr. Leila Alieva stressed in her opening remarks, that one of the first decrees of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918 was the Law on equal voting rights of men and women, which was earlier than in some European states.According to one of the surveys Finland has been chosen by the respondents as the most preferred country to live in. Leila Alieva further mentioned, “Indeed it might...
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Июль 4, 2012 |
The situation with Human Rights in Azerbaijan and Turkey in the context of “Turkic Model” of democracy was the main subject of the conference on “Human Rights in Azerbaijan and Turkey: Evaluating Prospects of “Turkish Model” in the East”, held by the Center for National and International Studies (CNIS) with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), at the Caspian Plaza on April 20, 2012. The conference brought together prominent human rights activists, lawyers and defenders, political parties, NGOs, journalists and international organizations. The event...
Baku, June 2, 2012. On June 2, 2012 Center for National and International Studies held a conference on “Modernization of Azerbaijan and Turkey in the context of global processes "in Sheki.
Leila Aliyeva, President of CNIS, in her opening speech stressed, that “we conducted our first conference in the framework of this project in Sheki as well. Today, the democratization and modernization processes are topic of special interest. For example, before the Arab spring there was an opinion, that modernization is more typical for East, especially for Arab countries, then democratization. However,...
Johannesburg. 4 June 2012: Global civil society network CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Azerbaijan CSO the Center for National and International Studies (CNIS) are deeply concerned about the safety of Azeri civil society activists who raised awareness of human rights violations during the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, held last month in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Civil society in Azerbaijan was highly vocal ahead of the contest, demanding the release of political prisoners and the removal of restrictions on freedoms of speech and assembly under the banner of the Sing for Democracy...
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Март 16, 2012 |
Human Rights House Foundation made a statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights situations in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia, on 13 March 2012.
Worrying human rights situation in Azerbaijan
One year ago, the Azerbaijan Human Rights House was asked to cease all activities until an agreement with the authorities was adopted. Despite regular communication with the Azerbaijani authorities, the Azerbaijan Human Rights House remains closed.
The Azerbaijan Human Rights House was registered as an international branch of the Human Rights House Foundation in 2007....
Johannesburg. 28 February 2012. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation condemns bullying tactics by the Azerbaijan government to silence civil society organisations (CSOs).
In recent months, there has been a rise in harassment of CSOs in Azerbaijan. Official intimidation tactics have included the levying of heavy fines on CSOs for petty administrative lapses; the issuing of warning letters to CSOs threatening to cancel their registration; the publication of defamatory articles against civil society members in the press; denial of permission to civil society groups to hold meetings...
On January 27, 2012 Center for National and International Studies held in Caspian Plaza,Baku a conference on “Azerbaijani-Turkish relations in a changing geopolitical context”. In her opening speech Leila Aliyeva, the President of the Center for National and International Studies, emphasized that “not only cultural and ethnic relations are the basis of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey”. According to Leila Alieva, “the fundamental principles of these relations are political factors”.
Turkish expert Professor of the Qazi University Dr. Mehmet Seyfettin Erol proposed...
Member organisations of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) are deeply concerned by the continued politically motivated imprisonment of persons in Azerbaijan for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The IPGA calls on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to take immediate action to ensure the release of these persons and to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its obligations as a Member State.
Although Azerbaijan is bound by the European Convention on Human Rights and international law to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression,...
The formation of the borders of Post Soviet Azerbaijan was taking place on the basis of the borders which existed in the Soviet Union. Although Azerbaijan had the borders with the Soviet republics, these borders were of provisional nature, without any entry-resistant engineering constructions. Colonial policy of re-settlements of Tsarist Russia and Stalin’s policy of deportation were important factors in post-soviet conflicts over borders.
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