No sweet songs for human rights defenders

One year after Eurovision in Baku, the persecution of dissidents in Azerbaijan continues – and even escalates. There is evidence that the increased pressure is an attempt to silence critical voices before the country’s presidential election in October 2013. On May 14, Civil Rights Defenders publishes the report, “No sweet songs for human rights defenders” showing that repression of civil society has reached new lows.

Threats, torture, fabricated cases, and harassment of family members is common for those who dare to stand up for human rights. The abuse goes on without much criticism from the outside world.

Civil Rights Defenders believe that it is high time that Europe increases pressure on Azerbaijan to make the country come closer to the EU, not only economically, but also in terms of respect for human rights.

Categories: News and Reports.
Tags: Eurovision song contest, Freedom of expression, Freedom of the press, Harassment, Human Rights Defenders, Loreen, and Violence against journalists.
Regions: Azerbaijan.