Amnesty International: Organizations refuse to condemn human rights violations in Azerbaijan behind Eurovision and it becomes a carte blanche
Amnesty International human rights organization has released a report about the human rights situation in
“Despite publicly committing to support free expression in
“The lack of action by the EBU and the international community is giving the authorities carte blanche to continue violently crushing dissent without consequence.”
On Monday, more than 200 demonstrators gathered in two locations in central
According to protest organizers, police forced participants onto buses and drove them out of town, beating several and detaining 38.
One of the organizers, Abulfaz Gurbanly, told Amnesty International that he was punched, kicked and hit with a truncheon while being held at a police station. He said that several other protesters were also beaten in custody.
The peaceful protests were dispersed in full view of a number of international journalists, casting doubt on the EBU’s assertions that bringing international media attention to
“The increased media coverage will be meaningless if it does not persuade
Amnesty International has noticed a fresh wave of human rights violations in
The organization is also concerned that local activists who have sought to use Eurovision to highlight rights abuses will be targeted after the event.
State-owned newspapers have already started a smear campaign against leaders of the Sing for Democracy campaign, labelling them as agents of neighboring
“We hope the international journalists we have spoken to in recent weeks will not forget us after Eurovision,” said Rasul Jafarov, one of the Sign for Democracy campaign organizers. “That could be very dangerous for us.”Հետևեք մեզ նաև Telegram-ում