Religious freedom conditions in Azerbaijan have continued to trend positively, as the government has largely ceased conducting raids on religious communities and similarly reduced its longstanding practice of detaining and fining individuals in connection with the unauthorized, peaceful practice of their religion or beliefs. Despite these improvements, the government has continued to exert undue control and oversight over all religious communities and their activities.

Source: Bes Barmaq Mosque, USCIRF Policy Analyst K. Bakken

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