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Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Critics Amid Pandemic

Expand A policeman verifies a driver's permission to be moving around the city in April 2020.  © 2020 Azadliq Radiosu/RFERL. (Berlin) – Azerbaijani authorities are abusing restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 to arrest opposition activists and silence government critics, Human Rights Watch said today. In recent weeks, the authorities have sentenced at least six activists and a pro-opposition journalist to detention for between 10 and 30 days on spurious charges including breaking lockdown rules or disobeying police orders. Almost all of those arrested had criticized conditions…

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