Moves seen as tactic to calm international criticism.
Hunger strikes and public rallies called as demands grow to release detainees.
Activists warn that government demonisation has created a culture of impunity.
Drugs charges used as pretext for detaining men who vandalised a public monument.
Dozens have been killed in most serious fighting since the 1994 ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
As Khadija Ismayil is given a seven-and-a-half year jail term, she tells judges that witnesses were pressured and testimony based on coercion and forgery.
As World Press Freedom Day approaches, leading Azerbaijani journalists are in prison and independent media outlets are out of action, or heading that way.
Country ranks among world’s worst for freedom of information.
Attack on Radio Liberty is partly about silencing free media, but also reflects new anti-Western mood.
While Baku presides over European rights institution, senior politician says human rights defenders deserve punishment.