Engelbert will set you free

My support for Englebert Humperdinck grows greater every day.

It’s still weeks away from the start of Eurovision, but Engelbert is already causing a stir.

This year the competition will be held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. And no doubt come 26 May when the song contest starts people all over the country will gather round their TV to cheer him on, but many may not realise that freedom of speech is in short supply in Azerbaijan.

And that makes yesterday’s announcement on the title of Engelbert’s entry all the more apt. The song is called “Love Will Set You Free”.

It will probably take a little bit more than just love to help the likes of Tural Abbasli, a post-graduate journalism student and youth leader of an opposition political party.

He is serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. Amnesty International has also received reports that he was beaten by police after his arrest, and since then several members of his family have been summarily sacked from their jobs.

Tural’s case is not unique and there are lots of people like him held across Azerbaijan.

So if you are one of the many millions who will tune in to Eurovision hoping the “Hump” avoids the dreaded “nul points”, give Amnesty International’s campaign to raise awareness of political repression in Azerbaijan your support too by taking action for Tural.
 

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