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EBRD plan Azerbaijan loan as regime’s fiercest critic is imprisoned

One of the most famous critics of the Aliyev regime has been imprisoned in Baku. Khadija Ismayilova, an award winning investigative journalist was arrested for ‘inciting suicide’. If found guilty she faces up to seven years in prison. Ismayilova has spent years uncovering corruption in Azerbaijan, which she has traced all the way up to...
A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

We’ve written a manifesto titled Energy beyond Neoliberalism: “This is a call for energy democracy. Not energy security or energy separation. A survivable and just energy future means breaking the grip of elite interests on our energy systems, ending dependency, increasing autonomy, building diverse power structures through which we can hold one another to account,...
BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

This morning I stood outside BP’s International HQ in St James’s Square, London. I was attending a solidarity action for a missing protest. We should have been supporting a similar demo in Azerbaijan’s capital but there were no banners outside BP’s offices in Baku this morning. A woman in the distinctive blue tabard of Baku’s...

Tony Blair will advise on controversial gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Italy

Jamie Doward, Observer

Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it

Press release by Bankwatch, Counter Balance and Platform For immediate release: August 19 Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it London — Human rights activists in Azerbaijan published yesterday a list of 98 people (1) who are currently political prisoners in the country run by the authoritarian regime of Ilham Aliyev. Ironically,...
Human rights activist and Platform ally Rasul Jafarov arrested in Azerbaijan

Human rights activist and Platform ally Rasul Jafarov arrested in Azerbaijan

Democracy activist and Platform ally, Rasul Jafarov, was arrested and detained in Baku over the weekend. Rasul has been charged with tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship and power abuse. These are the same falsified charges that saw independent Azeri election monitor Anar Mammadli jailed for 5.5 years. Rasul’s arrest comes shortly after the prominent human rights...
European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has promised up to €700 million for the disastrous Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline. In a statement the Managing Director for Energy at the public bank said “the EBRD will invest €600-700 million in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.” The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP) is a huge piece of infrastructure...
All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

Landing at Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku I thought I knew what to expect. This was my second trip to Azerbaijan’s capital city, and I still had vivid memories of my first, the year before. Back then, I arrived at night and Baku seemed like one of the most opulent places on earth. The drive...
Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

The Euro Caspian Mega Pipeline is a massive infrastructure system designed to suck gas out of the Caspian into Western Europe. Construction of the pipeline involves politics and finance as much as it does concrete building materials,  and the conference I’m about to go to is one in a series of events attempting to make...
NON VOGLIAMO LE COMPAGNIE PETROLIFERE! - Una comunità italiana dice NO al gasdotto

NON VOGLIAMO LE COMPAGNIE PETROLIFERE! – Una comunità italiana dice NO al gasdotto

This an Italian translation of a Platform blog. Many thanks to Maria Stefanizzi for her translation and to Comitato No Tap where the Italian version was originally posted. Alessandro Mancini mentre parla sbatte la mano su di un tavolo quadrato in legno. Sono seduta in una calda cucina a parlare di gasdotti con Alessandro e...
We don't want the oil companies! - Italian community says no to pipeline

We don’t want the oil companies! – Italian community says no to pipeline

This blog is also available in Italian. The future is alternative, sustainable sources of energy. We don’t want the oil companies! This can be an independent state, a Puglia free from the oil companies Alessandro Mancini slaps the wooden table square with his palm as he talks. I am sat in a warm kitchen discussing...
Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Art for Democracy website – for human rights in Azerbaijan from epitype on Vimeo. Support Art for Democracy here. Dictatorships, like the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, don’t just rely on violence, intimidation and fossil fuels to secure their power. They also need a ‘social license to operate’, especially in other countries like the UK. Our...