In 1989, Hungary was a trendsetter leading the wave of democratic revolutions that swept Eastern Europe. A quarter century later, it is distinguishing itself again -- in a way that makes democrats increasingly nervous.
Rights groups say authorities in Azerbaijan have unleashed a campaign of repression in recent months, putting the country’s most visible and influential independent activists and advocates behind bars.
Among the most prominent is human rights activist Leyla Yunus, who was arrested and imprisoned with her husband Arif this summer.
As head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy, Yunus has been an outspoken advocate for dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan and on behalf of...