After 12 months of paralysing attacks on civil society, many prominent critics of Azerbaijani government to enter New Year in prison. See what happened this year in Azerbaijan:
13 January – Advisor of opposite Musavat Party chairman Yadigar Sadigov sentenced to 6-year imprisonment
3 February – President Ilham Aliyev approved amendments to the laws “On the non-governmental organizations (public associations and foundations)” and “On Grants” that made activity of independent NGOs impossible.
10 April – The Azerbaijani government has refused to renew a major Peace Corps’ program focusing on youth development sector in the country
21 April – Journalist Rauf Mirkadirov deported, arrested and charged with high treason.
6 May – 8 pro-democracy members of NIDA Civic Movement sentenced 6-8 years in jail for exercising their right of freedom of assembly:
15 May – Journalist Parviz Hashimli was sentenced to eight years in prison.
26 May – 2014 the Court on Grave Crimes has sentenced the two Azerbaijan human rights defenders Anar Mammadli and Bashir Suleymanli to respectively 5 years and 6 months imprisonment and 3 years and 6 months.
27 May – Activist Abdul Abilov sentenced 5 years and 6 months in jail for managing critical Facebook page.
30 May – Independent “Ayna”, “Zerkalo” newspapers suspended publication.
2 July – Baku office of National Democratic Institute(NDI) was offically closed.
4 July – 18 years old activist Omar Mammadov was sentenced 5 years in jail for managing critical Facebook page.
17-25 July – Opposite Musavat Party members Siraj and Faraj Karimli brothers arrested.
30 July-5 August – Leading rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus were arrested. Office of “Peace and Democracy Institute” sealed off.
2 August – Prominent rights activist Rasul Jafarov was arrested.
8 August – Respected human rights defender Intigam Aliyev was arrested. Office of “Legal Education Society” sealed off.
8 August – Well known journalist Emin Huseynov was forced to hide till now. Office of “Reporters’ Freedom and Safety” sealed off.
21 August – Independent Azerbaijani journalist, Ilgar Nasibov, and his family continue receiving threats after he was brutally attacked by unidentified people.
29 August – Opposition journalist Seymur Hazi was arrested.
8 October – IREX ceased its operations in Azerbaijan.
5 December – Well-known investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was arrested for investigating ruling family’s illegal properties and bussiness in offshore zones.
9 December – Independent online channel Meydan TV suspended its activity in Baku.
26 December – RFE/RL Baku Bureau (AzadliqRadiosu) raided, materials seized, office sealed off, some employees forcibly taken to Prosecutor’s office.