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Want to Say2017
2017 November 24 ( Friday )  12:23:29
Alan Duncan, UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas about Eastern Partnership


2017 November 23 ( Thursday )  12:31:04
Azerbaijan Moves to Drastically Cut Number of Lawyers

The Azerbaijani parliament has approved amendments to the country"s civil code that would effectively bar roughly 90 percent of the country"s legal professionals from practicing law. The amendments, adopted on October 31, require presidential approval before they go into effect. They would give the state-controlled bar association complete control over the legal profession. Observers, as well as members of the legal community, characterize the move as the latest and most decisive step in an escalating crackdown on the country"s few remaining human rights lawyers. Less than 24 hours after Azerbaijan"s parliament ratified the changes, several lawyers reported being summoned to their local police stations, where they were told they were no longer licensed to practice law and would be subject to arrest or fines if they continued. The amendments herald the end of a two-tiered legal system that Azerbaijan adopted under pressure from its fellow members in the Council of Europe. Azerbaijani lawyers are either vəkillər, licensed bar members who pass a series of written tests and a highly politicized oral examination, or hüquqşünaslar, ......

2017 November 15 ( Wednesday )  12:27:02
Website Editor Challenges Ali Hasanov

Baku / 15.11.17 / Turan: The editor of the AzToday.az website Elmidar Aliyev published an open letter to the head of state Ilham Aliyev, in which he criticizes his assistant Ali Hasanov.

2017 November 09 ( Thursday )  13:17:52
Hybrid Economy of Azerbaijan: How to Separate Oil from Non-oil?

Parliamentary committees approved the draft state budget of Azerbaijan for 2018 and recommended the document for discussion at the plenary session of the Milli Majlis.

2017 November 06 ( Monday )  10:13:39
Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the potential to attract foreign investment and boost trade, as well as encourage political cooperation in a region fraught with conflict. But can the railway deliver as envisioned? After years of delays, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway officially opened October 30, connecting the Caspian Basin to eastern Turkey, with onward access to the European rail system. The heads of state of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia, along with the prime ministers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, attended opening ceremonies held outside of Baku, at the route"s eastern terminus. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said the railway"s completion was the result of the "brotherhood" of the three countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the BTK as a "new Silk Road venture initiated to connect Asia, Europe and Africa." Boosters say that the South Caucasus sits at the crossroads of vibrant global markets: Central Asia and China are to the east, Turkey and Europe are to the west, Russia is to the north, and Iran and the Middle East are to the south. The BTK will enable goods to be transported across ......

2017 November 04 ( Saturday )  11:17:08
Protecting journalists means protecting our own freedom, says OSCE Representative Désir on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

VIENNA, 2 November 2017 - On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Committed against Journalists, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir made the following statement:

2017 October 27 ( Friday )  10:51:17

Turan News Agency"s staff congratulates its chief on the anniversary.

2017 October 21 ( Saturday )  11:41:03
Religious freedom in independent Azerbaijan

Religion in Soviet times

2017 October 03 ( Tuesday )  14:57:03
Officials: Azerbaijan Releases Detainees from LGBT Crackdown

Azerbaijan"s authorities have released all of the gay and transgender people detained in raids across Baku last month, government officials and the detainees' lawyers have told EurasiaNet.org.

2017 October 01 ( Sunday )  15:00:15
Europe to Protect The Sacred Principle - Jagland

Strasbourg / 10/01/17 / Turan: Council of Europe Secretary General Thornbjørn Jagland published an appeal on his Facebook page saying:

2017 September 30 ( Saturday )  14:46:14
Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently works in a cosmetics shop, was walking in the center of Baku. Another man - young, good-looking and well dressed - approached him and tried to start a conversation. "He pretended to be gay and told me he had an apartment nearby, and invited me there," said the designer, who asked that his name not be used. "At first I tried to ignore him, but he was persistent and eventually I admitted that I was gay." As soon as he did that, the designer recounted to EurasiaNet.org, another man appeared and the two grabbed him by the arms, pushed him into a car, and took him to the police station. After 12 hours of detention, he was forced to sign documents that he was not allowed to read, and to pay a fine of 150 manats (about $88). Since then he stopped going to work and walking outside alone or after the dark. "The police warned me that next time they see me they"ll arrest me again," he said. "I"ve become paranoid, if someone is just looking at me, I"ll walk the other way." Dozens of similar incidents have occurred in Azerbaijan since September 15, with gay and transgender people ......

2017 September 30 ( Saturday )  13:58:17
Je Suis Turan Action from Taxi Driver

Baku / 30.09.17 / Turan: On Saturday, a taxi driver called Shakir called the Turan news agency to express his support to the agency"s employees. He said he supported the initiative of Hikmet Hajizadeh and joined the public action Je Suis Turan (I Am Turan).

2017 September 29 ( Friday )  14:09:46

Dear readers and subscribers, you know that from September 1, the agency was forced to largely suspend its work. This was the result of the initiation of the criminal case of the Ministry of Taxes on the far-fetched charge of tax evasion and the arrest of Mehman Aliyev, the Agency Director. In the period August-September 2017, Turan experienced the most difficult period of its 27 years of history, but survived. The details of this will be described, but today we can confidently say that we could not strangle the freedom of speech.

2017 September 27 ( Wednesday )  16:41:23
H. RES. 537

Promoting United States national security and foreign policy objectives through consolidation and strengthening of the rule of law and respect for human rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan.