In Azerbaijan, Clinton meets top rights activist

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Wednesday with a prominent Azerbaijani opposition activist who was just freed after serving a year in prison, and prodded the oil-rich Caucasus nation to do far more to advance democracy and human rights.

Nearing the end of a weeklong Europe trip, Clinton said she spoke with the Harvard-educated Bakhtiyar Hajiyev and urged him to continue his pro-democracy campaigning. She expressed hope that Hajiyev "will be able to continue his work without interference."

Clinton met several other opposition members, too, after lunching with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and other top government officials and stressing "the importance of fostering a vibrant civil society and embracing democratic reforms."