Image: PEN America: A Journal for Writers and ReadersThe annual report, released Tuesday by democracy watchdog organization Freedom House (FH), gave each of the four a score of 6.75 for corruption on a scale of one to seven- with one representing the highest level of democratic progress and seven the lowest.
The watchdog group assessed the democratic progress of 29 Eastern European and Central Asian countries in 2014 based on electoral processes, status of civil society and independent media, democratic governance, judicial systems and corruption.
Its corruption score is based on public perceptions of corruption, business interests of top officials and anticorruption laws and mechanisms.
In addition to its abysmal corruption rating, Azerbaijan received a poor overall democracy score of 6.75 on the seven-point scale, outdone only by Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who both received the lowest scores of 6.93.
FH defines all three countries as consolidated authoritarian regimes.
Last month, Azerbaijan hosted the first ever European Games in an attempt to boost its international profile, but the event was marred by widespread reports of corruption and human rights’ violations by President Ilham Aliyev’s regime.
In its analysis, FH also mentioned imprisoned Azerbaijani OCCRP reporter, Khadija Ismayilova, “whose investigations into the Aliyev family’s finances had made her a target of informal reprisals for several years.”
Lobbiysten gibt es dort auch, denn die Ratten gibt es ueberall, wo man mit Bestechungs Geld Geschaefte machen kann. Wie in Katar, gab es Bau Auftraege, technische Ausstattung fuer Deutsche Firmen und schon sind Menschenrechte, Demokratie ein Schimpfwort fuer Politiker.
11.06.2015 …Stunden werden viele Athleten kurz ihre Zweifel darüber vergessen, was genau sie hier eigentlich sollen, in Baku, Aserbaidschan. Alle wollen gewinnen, klar, nur mit welchem Einsatz und Risiko? Ungewiss ist bei vielen auch, welche Form sie… sueddeutsche.de
On the eve of the European Games in Baku…
Azerbaijan’s First Family is Big in Banking
Azerbaijan hopes to dazzle the world when the first-ever European Games open on Friday, June 12, with a lavish ceremony in Baku.As journalists from across Europe descend on the oil-rich state, President Ilham Aliyev is banking on them to show the ancient city’s transformation to a 21st century playground.
As it happens, banking is something the Aliyevs know a lot about, according to documents unearthed by reporters for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
A story posted today on OCCRP’s new Khadija Project website reveals that behind the scenes and through a maze of corporations, the Aliyev family controls assets worth more than US$ 3 billion in at least eight of Azerbaijan’s 45 banks, including three of the top four.
And banking is only part of their empire………………………………
Das Deutsche Politik System, wo Demokratie, Menschenrechte und Justiz nur noch Schlagworte sind, was den Absturz in eine Kopie der „Nghradeta“ dokumentiert, welche sich deshalb wohl fühlt in Deutschland.