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Swiss Embassy In Baku Admits Housing Azeri Rights Defender

Emin Huseynov (file photo)

Swiss public television has reported that Azerbaijani rights activist Emin Huseynov is being sheltered at the Swiss Embassy in Baku.

The Swiss television program Rundschau revealed on February 11 that Huseynov arrived at the embassy in August after presenting himself at the entrance of the compound as a Swiss national to avoid being detained by the police.

Huseynov has been at the Swiss Embassy since then.

Huseynov is a prominent critic of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his government.

The Swiss TV report notes Huseynov had been beaten and detained previously and that Huseynov and his supporters claim that was due to his work as a rights activist.