Leyla Yunus, the 59-year-old director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy, went on trial in July with her husband Arif. The two were charged with offences that observers have labeled "trumped-up."
Now the European Games are over, Azerbaijan's controversial trials are back on. A European politician told VICE News that the country "can get away with it because of business interests that are involved."
VICE News spoke to the daughter of jailed Azerbaijani activist Leyla Yunus, and international human rights groups denied entry to the country this week, right before the European Games kick off.
With 100 days left until the games begin, Amnesty International released a report detailing "a pattern of intensified harassment and intimidation of activists” by Azerbaijan’s government.
'Europe Is Closing Its Eyes to Human Rights' — Daughter of Jailed Azerbaijan Activist Leyla Yunus Pleads for Help
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee and her husband are languishing in prison while Western countries build business ties with the oil rich nation. VICE News speaks to her daughter Dinara.