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Give Human Rights a Sporting Chance in Azerbaijan

Posted on 14/04/2015
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On behalf of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA), ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and Index on Censorship invite you to:

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How can journalists effectively cover the full scope of human rights, social and political issues surrounding the Baku European Games? 

In June 2015, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will host the first ever European Games under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees. Controversy already surrounds this new sporting venture. Over the last twelve months, a wave of arrests of key critics, including human rights activists, election monitors, lawyers and investigative journalists, has almost entirely silenced Azerbaijani civil society.

During this interactive session, our panellists will explore the relationship between sport and human rights, examining the argument that Azerbaijan is using such high profile events to whitewash its image, amidst criticism from domestic human rights activists as well as international bodies regarding its human rights records.



Emin Milli, Azerbaijani activist, former political prisoner and co-founder of Meydan TV

Rebecca Vincent, human rights activist, former U.S diplomat and coordinator of the Sport for Rights campaign

Giorgi Gogia, senior researcher on Azerbaijan at Human Rights Watch


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