Eurovision Song Contest – in the Shadow of Dictatorship

February 8th, 2012   Azerbaijan

On May 26, the Eurovision Song Contest will be organized in Baku, Azerbaijan. The former Soviet state is today led by an authoritarian president. The legal system has serious defects and arbitrary arrests of political opponents are not uncommon.
Since 2003 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation collaborates with the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA), one of several opposition parties allowed to operate within very narrow limits.
At the Sverigemöte in Örebro, Sweden, on March 16 the Foundation will organize a seminar on Azerbaijan. Panelists are Fuad Muxtarov from Baku, active in politics, and Gerald Knaus, Chairman of European Stability Initiative, based in Istanbul. A report on Azerbaijan will be presented.

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