Azerbaijan: displaced then discriminated against: the plight of the internally displaced population
This report discusses the challenges facing displaced people in Azerbaijan. Resettlement of displaced people in remote and infertile parts of the country is leading in practice to their segregation and violations of their basic rights. Isolated from markets, infrastructure and transport networks, they have few opportunities to interact with local communities or foster self-reliance. In the words of one Azerbaijani human rights activist, the new settlements are “open prisons”, locking their inhabitants into a continued relationship of dependence on the state.