Azerbaijan Hints at Departure from EITI
Azerbaijan wants to get one thing straight — monitoring hydrocarbon-cash does not mean monitoring human-rights. The oil-and-gas-rich Caspian Sea state has announced that it is considering leaving the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, an international revenue-transparency collective, over criticism of the country’s rights-record that Baku deems outside of the organization’s purview.
The tug-of-war started publicly this summer when the New-York-City-based Human Rights Watch, which is not an EITI member, called for the group to end Azerbaijan’s membership over its harsh treatment of civil-society activists, journalists and opposition members.
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