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The Invisible Machine – a gas pipeline in the Caucasus and a handshake in No10

The Invisible Machine – a gas pipeline in the Caucasus and a handshake in No10

On the evening of Thursday 26th April 2018, it was warm and sunny in London. President Ilham Aliyev strode down Downing Street and was met by Prime Minister Theresa May with smile and a handshake. They posed for the cameras on the red carpet outside No 10 and then retired inside. A short formal chat...
Aliyev re-elected as President for another 7 years – the chain of oil autocracy that binds Azerbaijan

Aliyev re-elected as President for another 7 years – the chain of oil autocracy that binds Azerbaijan

On 18th April Ilham Aliyev will be inaugurated for the fourth time as President of Azerbaijan. His re-election comes as no surprise. It is so predictable that it barely counted as ‘news’ and consequently got next to no coverage in the international media. Originally the election was scheduled for 17th October, but at nine weeks...
“You come from the premise that we are guilty already” - notes from the BP AGM 2016

“You come from the premise that we are guilty already” – notes from the BP AGM 2016

Bob Dudley, Chief Executive, who appears tired, pale and jowly, looks up from his notes and addresses a set of questions that have been put to the Board. This particular set from delegates at the Annual General Meeting of BP, are grouped together under the bracket of ‘concerned with climate change’. He peers out at...
Walking the Line. New Interactive Documentary

Walking the Line. New Interactive Documentary

In Italy, Azerbaijan and the UK people are fighting against the devastating impacts of import pipelines and wresting back control over their energy system. In this beautiful documentary we made with Global Motion, Re:common and Counter Balance we meet the people who live alongside the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline and are organising against this gargantuan piece...
Darkness Falling - 100 days in Azerbaijan

Darkness Falling – 100 days in Azerbaijan

Today the appeal trial of Leyla and Arif Yunus continues in Azerbaijan. As it does James Marriott reflects on 100 days in Azerbaijan. For over 100 days I have been away from the hum of collective life in Platform, away from the buzz of e-mails and twitter, away from the news feed darting this way...
Smuggled letters in the museum

Smuggled letters in the museum

On Sunday 13 September, sixteen different groups took over BP-sponsored British Museum for a whole day of performances in resistance to oil sponsorship. This is a partial transcript of our performance that took place in the Museum’s room 56 (Mesopotamia collection).   This is a performance by Platform London in solidarity with Azerbaijan’s political prisoners....
Azerbaijan journalist imprisoned for seven and a half years

Azerbaijan journalist imprisoned for seven and a half years

Azerbaijan investigative journalist and Platform ally, Khadija Ismayil, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. The BP funded ALiyev regime have given Khadija this sentence in retribution for the stories she wrote. Khadija has been an outspoken critic of BP and the UK government for supporting the Azerbaijan regime. Khadijah’s sentencing follows the murder...
All That Glitters: Sport, BP and Repression in Azerbaijan

All That Glitters: Sport, BP and Repression in Azerbaijan

All that Glitters was published to mark the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku. The inaugural European Games Baku 2015 are about much more than medals. Held in Azerbaijan at the height of a systematic crackdown on human rights and democracy, the Games are the first of a series of international sporting...
UK human rights campaigner held overnight and deported from Baku in run-up to European Games

UK human rights campaigner held overnight and deported from Baku in run-up to European Games

Contact in London: Mika Minio-Paluello, 07733466038 / 02074033738 [email protected]   Emma Hughes of Platform has been deported from Azerbaijan, where she was detained and held overnight in Baku airport. Emma had arrived in Baku at 3pm, but was taken off her plane by guards and questioned, then detained. During her detention she was told she...
#FreeEmma and the Azerbaijan Prisoners

#FreeEmma and the Azerbaijan Prisoners

UPDATE: Emma was deported from Baku on an early flight on 10 June and is back in the UK. Thanks to all who’ve supported us! She is safe but the oil-funded regime’s prisoners remain. Join protest in solidarity on Friday 12 June or sign below for updates. Emma Hughes from Platform has been detained in...
UK human rights campaigner detained & red-listed in Baku Airport in run-up to European Games

UK human rights campaigner detained & red-listed in Baku Airport in run-up to European Games

Emma has been deported. Up to date press release: http://platformlondon.org/p-pressreleases/emma-hughes-deported-azerbaijan-bp/ Emma Hughes of Platform, a member of the Sport for Rights coalition, has been detained in Baku airport on her way into Azerbaijan, by the BP-Aliyev regime. She has been told she is on a “red list”, had her passport taken from her and will...
Protest against BP and dictatorship on 12 June

Protest against BP and dictatorship on 12 June

The frontlines of fossil fuel extraction take many forms. In the Niger Delta Shell’s oil spills have destroyed people’s homeland, in Canada Tar Sands extraction threatens indigenous communities and in Azerbaijan people are imprisoned, beaten and sometimes killed for speaking out against the BP funded oil regime. On the 12 June the European Games begin...