Azerbaijan expels visiting Human Rights Watch representative

March 31, 2015 6:48 PM

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TBILISI (Reuters) - Azerbaijan expelled a Human Rights Watch researcher on Tuesday after barring him from entering the country to attend the trial of two Azeri rights activists and holding him for 31 hours, the rights group said.

Human Rights Watch said Azeri officials gave no reason for sending back Georgy Gogia, who had flown in from Georgia on Monday, and said the expulsion reflected a crackdown on rights in the former Soviet republic.

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