Azerbaijan: Retribution Against Photographer

A photographer and social media activist who photographed and exposed police violence asAzerbaijan prepared for the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2012 was detained and is facing spurious hooliganism charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Mehman Huseynov, 23, was released on the evening of June 13 on his own recognizance, but faces criminal prosecution. The authorities… [Reading]

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Police in Azerbaijan Arrest Protesters at Eurovision Rally

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN BAKU, Azerbaijan — About 50 antigovernment demonstrators were arrested Friday evening in Baku while trying to stage a flash rally in the city center, as opponents of President Ilham Aliyev sought to use the Eurovision Song Contest to draw international attention to human rights abuses. The Eurovision finale will be held in Baku on Saturday night,… [Reading]

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Amnesty International Calls Out Eurovision Host Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, the host nation for the Eurovision Singing Contest continues to have serious human rights violations, Amnesty International pointed out in its 50th annual global human rights report on Wednesday. Amnesty International Deputy Director John Dalhuisen wanted those enjoying the singing contest to be aware of such violations. [John Dalhuisen, AI Deputy Director for Europe & Central… [Reading]

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Reporter in Azerbaijan Beaten After Filming Dispute

By ELLEN BARRY An Azeri newspaper reporter was severely beaten by guards from Azerbaijan’s state oil company on Tuesday when he tried to film the demolition of houses by company employees. The reporter, Idrak Abbasov, did not recover consciousness for six hours after the beating, and is now hospitalized with a concussion and trauma to his right… [Reading]

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Azerbaijan: Concerns regarding Freedom of the Media and Freedom of Expression

Over 1,600 journalists from all over the world will come to Azerbaijan to cover the Eurovision Song Contest and related events in the coming months, yet Azerbaijan remains hostile towards free media and other forms of free expression. Independent journalists, human rights defenders, and others seeking to express their opinions, investigate issues of public interest,… [Reading]

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Amnesty International Calls Out Eurovision Host Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, the host nation for the Eurovision Singing Contest continues to have serious human rights violations, Amnesty International pointed out in its 50th annual global human rights report on Wednesday. Amnesty International Deputy Director John Dalhuisen wanted those enjoying the singing contest to be aware of such violations. [John Dalhuisen, AI Deputy Director for Europe & Central Asia]: "People should go, but people should see Azerbaijan for what it is. It's pluses but … [Read More...]

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Azerbaijan: Retribution Against Photographer

A photographer and social media activist who photographed and exposed police violence asAzerbaijan prepared for the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2012 was detained and is facing spurious hooliganism … [Read More...]

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Police in Azerbaijan Arrest Protesters at Eurovision Rally

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN BAKU, Azerbaijan — About 50 antigovernment demonstrators were arrested Friday evening in Baku while trying to stage a flash rally in the city center, as opponents of … [Read More...]

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Amnesty International Calls Out Eurovision Host Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, the host nation for the Eurovision Singing Contest continues to have serious human rights violations, Amnesty International pointed out in its 50th annual global human rights report on … [Read More...]

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Reporter in Azerbaijan Beaten After Filming Dispute

By ELLEN BARRY An Azeri newspaper reporter was severely beaten by guards from Azerbaijan’s state oil company on Tuesday when he tried to film the demolition of houses by company … [Read More...]

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Azerbaijan: Concerns regarding Freedom of the Media and Freedom of Expression

Over 1,600 journalists from all over the world will come to Azerbaijan to cover the Eurovision Song Contest and related events in the coming months, yet Azerbaijan remains hostile towards free media … [Read More...]

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Offices of Activist Bulldozed in Azerbaijan

By ELLEN BARRY Authorities in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, bulldozed the offices of Leyla Yunus, an activist who has long campaigned against forced evictions in the city, hours after a … [Read More...]

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Azerbaijan’s Dark Island: Human Rights Violations in Nakhchivan

This report tries to provide a full assessment of the grim human rights situation on the ground in Nakhchivan, which is the most repressive and authoritarian region of Azerbaijan, where the political … [Read More...]

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