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Groups Assail Sentencing of Azeri Rights Activist

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Thursday decried as politically motivated the sentencing of a leading rights activist in Azerbaijan to eight-and-a-half years in jail, saying it was part of a campaign to muzzle dissent. Leyla Yunus, head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy, has been detained since July 2014 on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Her case is one of several in which rights activists and journalists have been sentenced to prison this...

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