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Human rights concerns related to May 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 1 May 2012

Human rights groups and journalists have raised serious concerns about the human rights situation in Azerbaijan as it prepares to host the 26 May 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented widespread and systematic abuses of fundamental human rights in Azerbaijan over many years...Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited...[some] sponsors and partners of the Eurovision Song Contest...[and] country entrants, to respond to [these] human rights concerns...[Responses received from Azercell / TeliaSonera, Schwarzkopf / Henkel, Metro Sweden / Metro Intl, MTN Cyprus / MTN Group. State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) responded after the deadline. Gilan Holding & Silk Way Airlines did not respond]

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Related companies: Azercell (part of TeliaSonera) Gilan Holding Henkel MTN State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) TeliaSonera