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Running Scared from Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan wins Eurovision with a song called Running Scared. On Thursday the country had been condemned by the European Parliament for human rights abuses.

And Nigel Pickover, editor of the Enening Star tweets that Azerbaijan are coming closer to home. Their Olympic team is staying in Ipswich next year.

A European parliament press release said:

A few weeks after the two young activists Jabbar Savalan and Bakhtiyar Hajiev used Facebook to call for antigovernment protests in Azerbaijan, charges brought against them for alleged possession of drugs or evasion of military service could result in jail terms of up to two and a half years. MEPs denounce both cases along with the worsening human rights situation in the country, in a resolution that blames the Azerbaijani authorities for increasing harassment and intimidation of journalists and political activists.

MEPs call for the release of the two young bloggers and the newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev. They urge the government to drop the illegal charges against them and guarantee the protection of journalists in the country.

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