U.S. Senators deplore Azerbaijan’s “politically motivated arrests,” call For Ismayilova’s release

A group of 16 U.S. Senators, led by Minority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), addressed Azeri President Ilham Aliyev with growing concern about “a systematic crackdown on human rights and independent civil society” in Azerbaijan, calling on him in a letter issued yesterday [full text here] to “provid[e] a more tolerant environment” for media, reopen RFE/RL’s Baku bureau, and release Khadija Ismayilova, the country’s most prominent investigative reporter, who was imprisoned on fabricated charges last December.

Voice of America Marks 20th Anniversary of Genocide in Srebrenica

WASHINGTON D.C., July 9, 2015 – The Voice of America hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. The event, titled “Bosnia: 20 Years After Srebrenica,” examined events of that time both in historical terms and in the context of the country’s journey toward ethnic reconciliation, and economic and democratic development.