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  • 4 May 2016

    OGP Declares Azerbaijan Membership ‘Inactive’

    The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee has voted 16-3 (with three abstentions) to make Azerbaijan an “inactive” member, agreeing with complaints that the government has created an environment inhospitable to civil society activity. An OGP press release said the Steering Committee May 4 “resolved that Azerbaijan will be regretfully designated as inactive in OGP,  due to unresolved […]

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  • 3 May 2016

    South Africa Opposes OGP Sanction of Azerbaijan

    The South African government has laid out its case for why the Open Government Partnership should not declare Azerbaijan an “inactive” member because of its adverse treatment of civil society organizations. South Africa also rebuked OGP colleagues for their handling of the matter. The 37-page  document marked “Confidential” was not included among the documents released in advance […]

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News Archive

  • 28 April 2016

    South Africa Resists Proposal to Designate Azerbaijan as Inactive OGP Member

    South Africa, the lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, is advocating continued diplomatic engagement with Azerbaijan instead of making Azerbaijan an “inactive” OGP member for violating OGP principles, as recommended by an OGP subcommittee, according to OGP officials and informed sources. The OGP Steering Committee is nevertheless expected to declare Azerbaijan inactive on May […]

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  • 26 April 2016

    OGP Committee Poised to Discuss Turkey, Azerbaijan

    The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee is poised to consider whether two members, Turkey and Azerbaijan, should be downgraded to “inactive” membership. The Steering Committee also has a broad agenda of policy matters to consider at the meeting May 3-4 in Cape Town, South Africa, (dress code “business formal”), and will be choosing future leaders. […]

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  • 9 March 2016

    OGP Body Recommends Declaring Azerbaijan Inactive

    Azerbaijan should be declared an “inactive” member of the Open Government Partnership, an OGP subcommittee has recommended. Such a designation would be the first time the OGP has disciplined a member for not adhering to OGP principles. The recommendation will be taken up by the OGP Steering Committee May 3-4, according to the minutes of […]

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  • 24 March 2015

    Groups Allege Azerbaijan Violating OGP Principles

    Three major international nongovernmental organizations have accused the government of Azerbaijan of seriously damaging the ability of civil society organizations to engage in the Open Government Partnership process, using a new OGP process that could lead to the government’s OGP membership begin declared “inactive. The accusations are the first made under a new OGP “response policy” […]

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  • 6 November 2014

    EITI, OGP Face Challenges Handling Civic Space Issues

    By Toby McIntosh New mechanisms by two multilateral organizations, designed to protect the rights of civil society activists, will soon be tested. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is examining whether Azerbaijan should lose its membership for stifling dissent, using a policy intended to prevent such behavior that was substantially mimicked by the Open Government Partnership. […]

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  • 9 November 2012

    Five ‘Late’ Governments Report on OGP Activities

    Five governments that missed the April deadline to submit their Open Government Partnership national action plans have either submitted plans or are working on them, according to information provided by the OGP to FreedomInfo.org. The plans for two of the countries – Azerbaijan and Macedonia – are now posted (look under “related files”). The other […]

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  • 20 July 2012

    Azerbaijan President Signs Law on Corporate Disclosure

    Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev July 6 signed into amendments to the law limiting disclosures by corporate entities,  adopted by Parliament on June 12.. Strongly criticized by pro-transparency activists, the changes will curtail public access to information about the ownership of commercial entities, the amount of their charter capital, ownership structure, and other similar data. (See […]

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  • 25 June 2012

    Azerbaijan Moves to Restrict Access to Corporate Data

    The Azerbaijan parliament has voted to “considerably” restrict access to corporate information, in the words of one transparency activist there. Parliament June 12 adopted amendments that will curtail public access to information about the ownership of commercial entities, the amount of their charter capital, ownership structure, and other similar data, according to  reports on the […]

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  • 18 May 2012

    Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Paraguay, South Korea, Finish OGP Action Plans

    Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Paraguay and South Korea have completed their national action plans as part of the Open Government Partnership process. Their plans have not been posted, but will be soon, FreedomInfo.org has learned. Three other countries that joined the OGP last year still have not delivered their plans: Liberia, Ghana and Mongolia. The OGP co-chairs […]

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  • 8 December 2010

    Improvements Suggested for Azerbaijan Access Law

    Ideas for amending the Azerbaijan access to information law, for improving administration of the law and for enhancing proactive public access to information are among the recommendations contained in a new report. Prepared by the Open Society Institute and its affiliates, the report covers four countries in the region.  The recommendations are based on the […]

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  • 22 May 2009

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  • 22 May 2009

    Caucasus FOI Advocates Discuss Common Problems and Plan Cooperation

    May 2009 Workshop in Georgia Compares FOI Laws and Practices Across Region Telavi, Georgia — Some 25 freedom of information advocates and practitioners from the Caucasus region convened on May 8-11, 2009, to compare the laws and the practices across the region and to outline some common strategies to strengthen the right of access in […]

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  • 9 May 2005

    Article 19 Reports on Freedom of Information in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

    A report from London-based NGO Article 19 on freedom of information legislation and its impact on the news media in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, finds that problems with implementation, state secrets legislation, and a Soviet-style predilection for excessive secrecy have created “the environment for arbitrary refusals, manipulation of information, and, in extreme cases, even release […]

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  • 9 May 2005

    REPORT: Article 19 on Freedom of Information in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

    A report from London-based NGO Article 19 on freedom of information legislation and its impact on the news media in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, finds that problems with implementation, state secrets legislation, and a Soviet-style predilection for excessive secrecy have created "the environment for arbitrary refusals, manipulation of information, and, in extreme cases, even release […]

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  • 6 August 2004

    World Bank Backs More Transparency for Oil Revenues

    While deciding to continue investing in oil, gas and mining ventures, against the advice of an internal report, the World Bank Board of Directors Aug. 3 said it would insist on greater transparency about the revenues from such projects (http://www.worldbank.org/ogmc/). The Bank "will begin requiring disclosure of revenue figures for new major extractive industries projects […]

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS

English version of 2005 Freedom of InformationLaw

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Open Society Institute- Azerbaijan

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Article 19 report in 2009 on access law

 

OSI/Revenue Watch Institute 2009 report

 

 

Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.