Troubled Partner: Growing Authoritarianism in Azerbaijan, Briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 16, 2013   [open pdf - 322KB]

This is the July 16, 2013 briefing titled "Troubled Partner: Growing Authoritarianism in Azerbaijan," delivered to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Shelly Han: "Both Azerbaijan and the United States are participating states in the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe]. I'm getting some feedback. As such have agreed to the principle that comprehensive security and stability requires not only physical security and economic development but respect for human rights as well. We have six speakers today. I'd like to remind them to keep their statements succinct as we want to have time, after all the speakers have finished, for questions. We will invite the audience to ask questions as well. And we have distributed bios for each of the speakers. I'll refer you to those instead of reading them out loud before each speaker." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Melia, Elin Suleymanov, Eldar Namazov, Samad Seyidov, Erkin Gadirli, and Mariam Lanskoy.

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