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.
European Union officials have expressed their concerns over the ‘continued pressure’ on opposition activists, civil society and independent media in Azerbaijan on October 3rd, ahead of next week’s presidential election.
In het mooie Oekraïense stadje Lviv organiseerde Foundation Max van der Stoel in samenwerking met de UK Labour Party tussen 16 en 21 juli een Zomeracademie. De 23 jonge deelnemers waren afkomstig uit Armenië, Azerbeidjaan, Georgië, Rusland, Belarus Moldavië en Oekraïne.
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.
On June 18, the Armenian government announced that it is considering giving up its minority stake in Armenia’s national gas company ArmRosGazprom (ARG), during the ongoing negotiations with the Russian gas multinational Gazprom, over the price of Russian natural gas delivered to the country. ARG will then be placed under full Russian control.