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Azerbaijan to chair Council of Europe amid climate of fear and suppression

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan to chair Council of Europe amid climate of fear and suppression 06 May 2014 Azerbaijan’s human rights situation remains dire as it gears up to assume the six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 14 May 2014, Amnesty International said. A court in Baku sentenced today eight NIDA youth movement activists to between six and eight years in prison on spurious charges of possessing drugs, explosives and intending to “cause public disorder”. Police moved with force to break up peaceful NIDA supporters and journalists…

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