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Spotlight shines on Azerbaijan rights record

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Police in Azerbaijan arrested 35 pro-democracy protesters on Thursday as the focus remains on the ex-Soviet republic’s human rights record.

The country has faced increased scrutiny ahead of this weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest in its capital, Baku.

Rights groups say organisers should do more to highlight alleged abuses under President Ilham Aliyev’s rule.

Azerbaijan won the right to host the 2012 competition after finishing in first place last year.