Azerbaijan: “Celebrity” Political Prisoners Get Freedom First, Activists Say

Murad Adilov, a member of the Azerbaijani opposition Popular Front Party who was arrested in August 2014 on charges of narcotic possession, was recently recognized, along with other prisoners, by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. (Photo: Azadliq Radiosu/RFE/RL)

Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International, have created a two-tier system for political prisoners that effectively hinders less prominent government critics’ chances for release from prison.
 

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Durna Safarova is a freelance journalist who covers Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: “Celebrity” Political Prisoners Get Freedom First, Activists Say

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