Civil Society

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:14
It is an unusually mild day in Cairo for late September, but the young man perspires throughout our interview. He recounts the nightmares that continue months after he was released from prison, where he was detained for more than a month on unfounded accusations of illegally participating in a demonstration. Later that afternoon, arriving at the offices of a human rights organization, I trade glances with a thuggish man planted at a desk near the door to look over everyone who comes and goes. Inside, staff members describe in haunting terms the pressures they feel from heightened government surveillance and threats. That evening at a diplomatic dinner, a human rights activist renowned for his integrity tells me about an upcoming trip outside the country. Then he leans close and whispers, “I’m not coming back. It’s been made clear to me I have no choice.”
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 07:41
It is an unusually mild day in Cairo for late September, but the young man perspires throughout our interview. He recounts the nightmares that continue months after he was released from prison, where he was detained for more than a month on unfounded accusations of illegally participating in a demonstration. Later that afternoon, arriving at the offices of a human rights organization, I trade glances with a thuggish man planted at a desk near the door to look over everyone who comes and goes. Inside, staff members describe in haunting terms the pressures they feel from heightened government surveillance and threats. That evening at a diplomatic dinner, a human rights activist renowned for his integrity tells me about an upcoming trip outside the country. Then he leans close and whispers, “I’m not coming back. It’s been made clear to me I have no choice.”
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:11
Many Arab governments are fueling the very extremism they purport to fight, and looking for U.S. cover. Washington should play the long game.-
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 08:14
It is beyond comprehension how Mr. Aliyev can carry out such repression at a time when Azerbaijan is chair of the committee of ministers of the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organization. Mr. Aliyev clearly craves respect abroad. But his actions deserve condemnation. Leyla and Arif Yunus should be freed immediately. If they are not, perhaps the Council of Europe should ask how long it can tolerate a chairmanship by a nation that does not respect even the basic tenets of human rights and rule of law.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 06:26
Washington currently closely consults European allies over its response to recent crackdown against civil society in Azerbaijan.
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:05

Conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalated sharply this week, while Azerbaijan continued its crackdown on civil society groups. Read these and other top stories in Central Eurasia below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 06:58
Azerbaijan’s arrest of a leading human rights defender and government critic, Rasul Jafarov, reflects the government’s concerted efforts to silence its critics.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 06:39
Vice President Joe Biden laid the interests of the United States, and the world, alongside the success of African countries in a pledge to support regions of the continent where he says democracy is threatened.
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 07:49
The United States has voiced "deep concern" after Azerbaijani authorities charged prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus with treason.
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 07:48
Reporters Without Borders has condemned a five-year prison sentence issued against a 19-year-old blogger and opposition activist.

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