UN expert calls on Azerbaijan to free human rights defenders ahead of 2015 Baku Games

United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst today criticized the “relentless prosecution and repression of prominent rights activists in Azerbaijan” and called for their immediate release – before the inaugural European Games begin in Baku on 12 June.

Baku comes late to urban planning

A plan to improve the quality of life in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is being supported by the World Bank.

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Citing ‘official obstruction,’ UN body dealing with torture suspends Azerbaijan visit

A United Nations human rights body today announced that it has decided to suspend its visit to Azerbaijan due to obstructions it encountered in carrying out its mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, to which the south Caucasus country is a party.

Ban urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to observe ceasefire agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his opposition to the renewed fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus, urging the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides to respect a ceasefire agreement.

Azerbaijan: UN experts concerned by human rights restrictions, harassment of journalists

Voicing deep concern at tightened restrictions on the right of assembly in Azerbaijan and the harassment of journalists, three independent United Nations experts today called on the Government to facilitate the work of human rights defenders and civil society organizations in the run up to next Wednesday’s presidential elections.

UN independent expert urges Azerbaijan to spend more on health

A United Nations independent human rights expert today urged the Government of Azerbaijan to raise its expenditure on health to international standards to ensure that the country’s considerable wealth is used to improve the health of its people.

Armenia and Azerbaijan express views on Nagorno-Karabakh during UN debate

Top officials from Armenia and Azerbaijan have expressed their views during the General Assembly's annual general debate.

Human rights defenders must be able to work in safety, UN tells Azerbaijan

The United Nations today voiced its concern at the destruction of property housing several important non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Azerbaijan, and called on the country’s Government to ensure safe working conditions for human rights defenders.

Azerbaijan: UN rights expert on displaced persons urges progress in peace process

Progress is needed in the ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region so that internally displaced persons (IDPs) can find a durable solution to their predicament, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said.

More funds needed for UN to feed displaced Azerbaijanis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to donors for more contributions to cover the last few months of a $15.9 million operation to feed tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan.