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Crackdown Under Way In Wake Of Azerbaijani Presidential Election

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

In the five weeks since incumbent Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was reelected for a third consecutive term, the authorities have cracked down on a prominent NGO, an opposition newspaper, and several bloggers, journalists, and academics in what Amnesty International’s John Dalhuisen has branded “[a] ruthless and relentless attack on any dissenting voices in the media.”

Assessments of the election itself were polarized. The U.S. State Department and the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) fielded by the OSCE’s Office for Democratization and Human Rights (ODIHR) both rated the ballot as not meeting international standards. The initial IEOM statement noted “serious shortcomings that need to be addressed in order for Azerbaijan to fully meet its OSCE commitments for genuine and democratic elections.”

The European Parliament and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly monitors, by contrast, asserted that the vote was “free, fair, and transparent” and questioned the legitimacy and competence of ODIHR.

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Crackdown Under Way In Wake Of Azerbaijani Presidential Election

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