AZERBAIJAN: Eurovision glamour can’t mask restrictions on Christians

The eyes of Europe are on Azerbaijan this week as the Eurovision Song Contest is held in its capital city, Baku, on Saturday. Jedward (pictured) will represent Ireland.

Azerbaijan hopes that its international reputation will be boosted by the glamour of hosting the Eurovision but despite attempts to portray itself as a modern, progressive country, there are many human rights problems in Azerbaijan including serious restrictions on freedoms of religion or belief, expression, speech and association.