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OGP commitments were drafted by special task force acting under Commission for Combating Corruption which has 25 members representing state bodies, international organizations, civil society institutions and independent experts.
Composition of the task force ensured the participation of civil society in the process from very beginning.
Internet freedom declined in Azerbaijan in the past year after the government introduced new laws empowering authorities to block content in broad circumstances, while actors likely tied to the government targeted activists with malware attacks.
Authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev consolidated power in a constitutional referendum held in September 2016, while Azerbaijan’s economy remained weak amid falling oil prices.
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The principles of OGP have been an integral part of anti-corruption policy and governance reforms carried out in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
OGP Action Plan which includes commitments of Azerbaijan was adopted by Presidential decree on September 5, 2012 and covers the years of 2012-2015.Update (June 28, 2017): The OGP Steering Committee resolved to extend Azerbaijan’s inactive status in OGP by one year, due to unresolved constraints on the operating environment for Non-Governmental Organizations.For more information on the steps leading up to this decision and what it means for the country's participation in OGP, please see the media briefing and all relevant documents in the OGP Response Policy page.In response to an Azerbaijani court’s decision to ban five independent media websites, Freedom House issued the following statement: "By banning independent media websites, the Azerbaijani government has disproved President Ilham Aliyev's most frequently used argument that Azerbaijan enjoys freedom on the internet," said Robert Herman, vice-president for international programs.