22 June 2017
Berlin – ESI at public debate: "Azerbaijan: shrinking or lost spaces for opposition?"

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 18:00-21:00
at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

Political activities of the opposition, critical journalism and independent activism have no space in Azerbaijan. Many human rights defenders are arrested and their activities and funding options are lacking a legal basis.

Azerbaijan's government continues to wage a vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices. The release of some wrongly-imprisoned human rights defenders, activists, and journalists in 2016 did not lead to a shift in the government’s punitive attitude towards independent activists and groups. According to Human Rights Watch Azerbaijani’s international partners have failed to demand human rights improvements, in contrast their financial funding of the Azerbaijani’s government, including the extractive industries, would increase, regardless of the precarious situation on human rights.


  • Anar Mammadli, former political prisoner, human rights activist, Baku
  • Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative (ESI)
  • Rebecca Vincent, Reporter Without Borders (RSF), UK Bureau
  • Berit Lindeman, Helsinki Committee, Norway

Moderation: Walter Kaufmann, head of Eastern and Southeastern Division of Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Katja Giebel
Eastern and Southeastern Division
Heinrich Boell Foundation
Email: giebel@boell.de
Tel: +49(0)3028534388