Financial times: Concerns grows over NGO crackdown in Azerbaijan

“The investigation by the EITI comes in response to growing pressure from international watchdogs on the organisation and its member companies that invest in Azerbaijan.”

An article appeared on Financial Times on September 22, 2014 highlights some of the recent crackdown on the non-governmental organizations in the Azerbaijan.

Written by Jack Farchy, the article mentions a recent visit by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) delegation to Baku in order to look at the situation on the ground. Following its visit, the initiative is considering to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership notes the article.

Prominent individuals like Leyla Yunus and Rasul Jafarov’s recent arrests are noted as a sign of growing intimidation of civil society activists in a witch hunt that was launched during the presidential elections in October 2013.

It is now up to the Initiative to decide on the country’s future membership. A decision is expected to be made in October during a general meeting of EITI.

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