The Spokespersons of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle have issued a statement on the worrying cases of pressure on opposition, civil society and media in Azerbaijan.

“The High Representative and the Commissioner are concerned about some recent developments in Azerbaijan that have an impact both on the pre-election period and the general human rights and political freedoms situation in the country.

Such pressure includes intimidation, arrests on dubious charges, detentions, and sentencing “without proper respect for international standards and rights of the accused.”

The EU expects the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure rapid, transparent and fair investigations and legal procedures in line with Azerbaijani commitments and obligations in this area. This is especially important in order to enable a favourable environment for free and fair Presidential elections on 9 October. It is essential that space for genuine pluralism of opinions is safeguarded, including as part of the electoral process.

The EU will continue to monitor individual cases and human rights developments in Azerbaijan and stands ready to support Azerbaijan in the process of implementing its international commitments.”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Reducing the Risk of 1988

By Serouj Aprahamian Twenty five years ago, on December 7, 1988, a…

Dr. Melissa Bilal to Speak at NAASR on Recordings of Armenian WWI POWs

BELMONT, MA — Dr. Melissa Bilal, currently a Visiting Scholar in the…

Armenia\’s Mineral Deposits Valued Over 4 Trillion Dollars

YEREVAN — Armenia’s mineral deposits are estimated more than $4 trillion, which…

ONEArmenia\’s Second Annual Santas Wanted Campaign

YEREVAN — ONEArmenia has launched its second annual Santas Wanted! campaign, through…