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17 Aug 2014

UN Working Group visits Azerbaijan

From 18-27 August 2014, the UN Working Group on business & human rights is conducting a mission to Azerbaijan.  The experts will "look at current initiatives, opportunities and challenges to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights."

Prior to their visit, on 14 August, Human Rights Watch called for Azerbaijan's suspension from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, given the country's repression of civil society groups.  Human Rights Watch said: "The Azerbaijani government’s escalating enforcement of restrictive new laws regulating nongovernmental organizations and other tactics threatens the survival of independent groups...That includes groups that focus on issues of direct concern to EITI."

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