Last year, on 9th of October, presidential elections were held in Azerbaijan. As expected, Ilham Aliyev’s third victory was preponderant, 85%. Maidenly he got to power in 2003 after his father, Heydar, pulled back from the politics. Heydar, the former KGB head, was on reign around 40 years. If we look at the European Council’s official announcement about 2013 elections : “overall around election day we have observed a free, fair and transparent electoral process”, everything looks to be fine
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Azerbaijan is well known for its rich oil resources and problematic democratic institutions. Recent election in the beginning of October fuelled the debate about the future development of this South Caucasus country, which face many challenges concerning its economic and political orientation. After the controversy, when presidential election results were released on the screenshot of the mobile app the day before the official polls were even open, NGOs together with EU officials drew more attention to democratic issues of Azerbaijan.
Where does it lead to, when important international events take part in countries where human rights are disregarded? Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2012 in Azerbaijan, UEFA championship 2012 in Ukraine, Winter Olympics 2014 in Russia and FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Currently the UEFA championship takes place in Poland and Ukraine and a few weeks ago the ESC was celebrated in Baku. The discussion on human rights connected to the host countries of events like that started again. In