With two weeks to go until Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest, official preparations are wrapping up in Baku. But the Azerbaijani government is not the only party getting ready for the event. Civil society activists are hard at work, too.
Over the last three months, activists from the home-grown Sing for Democracy campaign have visited the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland in an effort to raise awareness about human rights issues in Azerbaijan -- ranging from forced evictions to the arrests of journalists.
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance reporter based in Baku.