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Thirty-One Hours in the Baku Airport: A Q&A with Human-Rights Expert Giorgi Gogia

Human Rights Watch’s South-Caucasus representative Giorgi Gogia spoke with EurasiaNet.org about his March 30-31 detention in Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Gogia, a frequent critic of the Azerbaijani government’s civil-rights record, had been travelling to observe the trials of imprisoned human-rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and rights-activist Rasul Jafarov. The Azerbaijani government, as yet, has not provided a reason for Gogia's detention and subsequent deportation to neighboring Georgia, the country of which he is a citizen.

With such detentions increasingly common in Azerbaijan, EurasiaNet.org met with Gogia in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to hear his side of the story:

EN: What happened when you arrived in Baku?

Gogia: I flew into Baku at about 1:30 on Monday afternoon [on March 30, 2015].

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Thirty-One Hours in the Baku Airport: A Q&A with Human-Rights Expert Giorgi Gogia

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