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Sara Hickman: Why I Am Not Going to Eurovision

My friend Sara explains her decision to cancel a trip to Eurovision in Azerbaijan.

I have declined an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a beautiful country and witness the world’s most-watched cultural event. That’s because my trip to Azerbaijan for Eurovision this week would be sponsored by a government responsible for grave human rights violations.

Amnesty International has been diligently shining a light on human rights abuses in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan, which gets to host this year’s popular European concert competition – Eurovision. Azerbaijan has over a dozen recently-arrested prisoners of conscience, oppressed press, and almost no permitted political rallies. I would love to visit Azerbaijan, but not at the expense of indirect association with human rights violations.

[Amnesty International]

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