Azerbaijan: Crackdown on anti-government activists

Two youth opposition activists, Sakhavan Soltanli and Rashadat Akhundov, were detained in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Tuesday. On 4 March, youth activist and former parliamentary candidate, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, was detained and given a pre-trial detention of one month after he advertised a nationwide anti-government protest on Facebook. On the same day three NGOs, known for encouraging freedom of expression, were evicted from their offices by police without being given any reason.