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EU Parliament Condemns ‘Unprecedented’ Crackdown in Azerbaijan

The European Parliament condemned what it called an "unprecedented” government crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan and called for the immediate release of “political prisoners" including journalists and human-rights activists.

In a resolution Thursday, lawmakers urged European Union authorities to investigate corruption allegations against President Ilham Aliyev and members of his family by a reporter who’s since been jailed. The Azeri leader rejects accusations of graft, and denies that the Caspian Sea nation has any political prisoners.