Swedish singer meets with Azerbaijani human rights defenders

May 23rd, 2012
Swedish Eurovision contestant Loreen at her own initiative visited IRFS offices to meet with IRFS chairman Emin Huseynov, Human Rights Club chairman Rasul Jafarov, and Norwegian Human Rights House foundation co-coordinator Shahla Ismayilova.

Her aim was to learn about the state of human rights in Azerbaijan and in particular the Sing for Democracy campaign. The event took place at IRFS with the support of the Swedish Civil Rights Defenders organization and Norwegian Human Rights House foundation. A number of international press representatives attended.

Jafarov guided Loreen through a photo exhibition depicting illegal housing demolitions, and spoke about the general human rights situation in Azerbaijan. The campaign video along with footage from the afternoon’s protest was also shown.

Local human rights defenders were grateful for this display of solidarity, and called upon Loreen – the current favorite in the Eurovision contest – to make supporting calls for human rights in Azerbaijan during her performance. She pledged her commitment to human rights and basic freedoms, and promised to stay alert to the situation in Azerbaijan.