Amnesty International: Recent Release of NGO Leaders and Activists in Baku should not Fool Anyone
The international community must not be duped by surface-level efforts to smooth out Azerbaijan’s human rights record, which remains dire, said Amnesty International in a report published on June 16, ahead of Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe race in Baku, the official website of Amnesty International writes.
"The arrival of the world’s premier racing series in Baku must not steer attention away from the government onslaught on civil society," said Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.
"Behind the glitz lies an everyday reality in which authorities have shut down NGOs and arrested or harassed their leaders."
According to Denis Krivosheev, the recent release of NGO leaders and activists should not fool anyone, as those released are no freer to speak out now than they were while they were in jail.
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