Azad Fikir Universiteti (Free Thought University) is an organization that provides free and open lectures in Baku and has for the past few years. The organization made an announcement via its Facebook page on April 10:
Dear friends! Today in the morning, the representatives of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office arrived at the Free Thought University without any prior information, sealed the door and closed the office. We are trying to find out reasons at the moment. Because the office of AFU is shut down by the authorities, we are unable to continue our weekly lectures and other events. Therefore we have to postpone events at AFU for unknown period. The lecture about translation problems in Azerbaijani literature scheduled for tomorrow – 11 April has been postponed as well. We will update you on all new information. Please follow us for more news.
There has been tremendous support on social media, with many young Azerbaijanis posting status updates, photos, and thoughts about the importance of AFU in their lives. The Prosecutor General’s Office came out with a statement on April 11 outlining that AFU was under investigation because of alleged links with NIDA, lack of
registration, and lack of financial information. On April 11, American Ambassador Morningstar made a statement of support for AFU and spoke at AFU [video]. AFU came out with a statement on April 11. [link] The American Ambassador Richard Morningstar spoke to AFU on April 11. [Unofficial AZTL;DR translation] The Political Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Christopher Robinson on April 18 issued a statement at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna about Free Thought University. (Text of statement). On April 29, the Prosecutor’s Office unsealed the door to AFU and the leadership were allowed to remove the remaining possessions. Azad Fikir Universitetinin qapıları onun üzvlərinin üzünə bağlanır. RFERL. April 10, 2013. Прокуратура опечатала офис Университета свободной мысли. Haqqin. April generic viagra 10, 2013. Prokurorluq AFU-nun bağlanmasını təkzib edir [Video]. RFERL. April 11, 2013. Baş Prokurorluq: AFU «N!DA» ilə «Ol!»ub [Video]. RFERL. April 11, 2013. The Prosecutor
Office looks for a relationship between USM and NIDA
Office looks for a relationship between USM and NIDA. Contact. April 11, 2013. Ambassador Morningstar Speaks to Free Thought University. Contact. April 11, 2013. Позиции США и Генпрокуратуры Азербайджана разошлись. Haqqin. April 11, 2013. Amerikalı diplomatdan AFU bəyanatı. Musavat. April 19, 2013. Еще один американский дипломат выступил против Азербайджана. Haqqin. April 19, 2013. Azad Fikir Universiteti yerləşdiyi binadan çıxarılır. RFERL. April 30, 2013. Университет свободной мысли выгнали из офиса. Haqqin. April 30, 2013. Authorities Evicted University of Free Thought. Contact. April 30, 2013. Azad Fikir Universiteti yerləşdiyi binadan çıxdı. Musavat. April 30, 2013.levitra in uk