Human rights deteriorate in Azerbaijan

On 28 April the head of an election watchdog in Azerbaijan, Anar Mammadli, and two of his associates went on trial and face prison sentences. Besides these three men other critics of the regime - a human rights activist, a journalist and two opposition leaders - faced charges as well in the last two months.

Azerbaijani opposition nominates Presidential candidate

On July 2nd, it was announced that Azerbaijan’s opposition groups have united to nominate a single candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections in October. At a session of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) Rustam Ibragimbekov was chosen to represent the opposition in the presidential race. If elected, the candidate will stay in office for only two years.
During that period, the NCDF would establish a ‘government of national trust’, to implement constitutional and electoral reforms, including a decrease of the power of the President, widening of the responsibilities of the Parliament, and establishing an independent judiciary system.

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