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June 20, 2011
U.S. Journalist, British Activist Assaulted In Azerbaijan

An American journalist and British human rights activist were reportedly attacked and beaten in Baku late on June 15, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Reports say four athletic young men followed journalist Amanda Erickson and activist Celia Davies Carys as they were walking to their apartments and then attacked them near the National Drama Theater.

Carys reportedly has a broken arm from the assault.

The U.S. Embassy in Baku said today it is aware of the crime and embassy personnel are providing assistance to the victims. It said questions about the investigation should be addressed to Azerbaijani police.

Orkhan Mansurzadeh of the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry told RFE/RL that the issue needs to be investigated.

Erickson and Carys have been conducting training for local journalists and civil society activists in Baku.

Source: RFE/RL

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