Category: Azerbaijan

Armenia Ombudsman Urges International Condemnation of Azeri Shelling

Armenia Ombudsman Urges International Condemnation of Azeri Shelling

YEREVAN (PanARMENIAN.Net) — Armenian human rights defender Arman Tatoyan has detailed Azerbaijan’s shelling of Armenian border villages of July 20-22 to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in a recent phone call. According to the Ombudsman, Azerbaijani armed forces are specifically targeting civilian settlements and properties, opening fire towards community schools, kindergartens and houses. In the phone […]

Armenian President to Meet with Azeri Leader

Armenian President to Meet with Azeri Leader

YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has said that a meeting with Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev may be held in fall, although Yerevan does not expect any particular results from the meeting. Nevertheless, the Armenian side does not have anything against such meetings, the Armenian president noted. “The preliminary agreement was reached when […]

Azerbaijan Sentences Russian-Israeli Travel Blogger to 3 Years Behind Bars

Azerbaijan Sentences Russian-Israeli Travel Blogger to 3 Years Behind Bars

BAKU (Moscow Times) — In a setback for freedom of speech and human rights in Azerbaijan, a Baku court has sentenced popular Israeli-Russian travel blogger Alexander Lapshin to three years in prison, Azerbaijan’s Vesti.Az news reported on Thursday, July 20. Prosecutors asked the court to sentence Lapshin to six and a half years for illegally entering Azerbaijan […]

Azerbaijan Blacklists Uruguayan Human Rights Lawyer

Azerbaijan Blacklists Uruguayan Human Rights Lawyer

MONTEVIDEO (Agencia Prensa Armenia) — The National Institution of Human Rights (INDDHH) of Uruguay sent a letter to the Uruguayan Chancellor Rodolfo Nin Novoa expressing “concern” over the decision of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan to blacklist Dr. Oscar Lopez Goldaracena after his work as monitor in the last constitutional referendum in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh […]

Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey to Hold Military Drills

Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey to Hold Military Drills

TBILISI (Anadolu) — Tbilisi will host military drills held jointly by Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey this past week, Georgian Defense Ministry reported. The Caucasus Eagle drills have been held since 2009. This is the third time the exercises are held in the trilateral format. Earlier this May, the defense ministers of the three countries signed […]

ICG: Armenia, Azerbaijan closer to war over Nagorno-Karabakh than at Any Time Since 1994

ICG: Armenia, Azerbaijan closer to war over Nagorno-Karabakh than at Any Time Since 1994

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) — The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to war over Nagorno-Karabakh than at any point since a ceasefire brokered more than 20 years ago, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said. Fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians first erupted in 1991 and a ceasefire was agreed in […]

International Community Must Respond to Reporter’s Kidnapping, Says Armenian Lawmaker

International Community Must Respond to Reporter’s Kidnapping, Says Armenian Lawmaker

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — The Azerbaijani kidnapping of Tbilisi-based opposition reporter Afgan Mukhtarli to Baku has received worldwide attention, Armen Ashotyan, chairman of the Armenian parliament’s foreign relations committee said on Facebook. “This issue is also relevant in terms of guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and rights on citizens of Armenia and Artsakh and foreigners who are […]

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

By Mike Runey BAKU (Eurasianet.org) — Azerbaijan rattled international investors this month when the country’s biggest lender, International Bank of Azerbaijan, announced it lacked the funds to pay bondholders and filed for bankruptcy protection in a New York court. International investors who hold some of the bank’s $3.3 billion in foreign debt will have to accept a […]