Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Prominent blogger, journalist and human rights defenders arrested
Azerbaijan: Prominent blogger, journalist and human rights defenders arrested 30 January 2013

Just months after the Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests in the central town of Ismayilli and denounce heavy police brutality. Some 40 participants were detained, including prominent blogger Emin Milli, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and human rights defenders.

For a feminist view on the IGF
For a feminist view on the IGF 12 November 2012

The 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) just drew to a close. Many views and analyses were published, most of them adopting a technical point of view. If you are interested in a slightly different take on the world’s most important internet governance encounter, consider reading up on GenderIT.org’s reports on gender peripheries of the IGF…

Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security
Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security 12 November 2012

GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. Despite the fact that online and offline security measures adversely impact on women’s and sexual rights, women and sexual minorities are still two of the most invisible stakeholders in national security debates.

APC in solidarity with the Open Letter of the 'Expression Online Initiative' at the 7th IGF
APC in solidarity with the Open Letter of the 'Expression Online Initiative' at the 7th IGF 07 November 2012

APC stands in solidarity with the Expression Online Initiative, which expressed serious concerns regarding violations of UN principles currently taking place at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The violations include restrictions on freedom of expression and association and failure to guarantee equal rights for every participant. Read Expression Online’s open ...

Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles
Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles 05 November 2012

The Internet Society and APC are working on a paper which explores human rights and internet protocols, comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate. The draft document takes a look at the parallels and differences between the open internet model of development and the exercise of human rights online, with the objective to foster discussions between the resp...

APC perspectives on the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations
APC perspectives on the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations 03 November 2012

Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising that they are up for review. The question is whether the upcoming WCIT poses a ‘threat’ to the internet. See APC’s perspective on the revision of the ITRs.

Azerbaijan: Coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review
Azerbaijan: Coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 11 October 2012

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan – of which APC is a member – has made a coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan. The report, for which APC has contributed its expertise on “restrictions on freedom of expression online” is for consideration at the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council’s working group in April/M...

Focus on internet and human rights in Azerbaijan: Interview with Vugar Gojayev
Focus on internet and human rights in Azerbaijan: Interview with Vugar Gojayev 08 October 2012

Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011, government has shown much desire to regulate the internet. The uprising in the Guba district in March 2012 has shown the pivotal role that social media can play in Azerbaijani political life, Vugar Gojayev told APCNews, in an interview for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch report.

Azerbaijan: Q&A on Human Rights and the Internet
Azerbaijan: Q&A on Human Rights and the Internet 13 August 2012

APCNews has interviewed Rebecca Vincent, a human rights consultant who is currently working with ARTICLE 19 to coordinate the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, a coalition of international organisations working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Here’s her take on the human rights situation on Azerbaijan’s net.