STRASBOURG — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s speech at a session of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in Strasbourg has been met by protests.

Azerbaijani activists living in Europe came to the PACE parliamentary session on June 24 wearing T-shirts with pictures of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and had their mouths covered with black tape.

They protested Aliyev’s statement at the session that “all fundamental freedoms are respected in Azerbaijan.”

Several Reporters Without Borders activists held a similar protest in front of PACE headquarters.

Aliyev stated at the session that reforms in Azerbaijan “allow Azerbaijani citizens to practice any political activities” and called on EU officials to “avoid double standards.”

On June 23, Human Rights Watch called on the Council of Europe and PACE to urge Aliyev to end his country’s persecution of government critics and journalists.

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

Armenian and Azeri FMs Meet in New York

NEW YORK — The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in…

French Senate to Debate Armenia Genocide Bill on January 23

Turkish Ambassador Returns to Paris PARIS — The French Senate on Tuesday…

Հայաստան-Սլովակիա` 3:1. — Գեղեցիկ Հաղթանակ Խմբի Առաջատարի Նկատմամբ

Այսօր Վազգեն Սարգսյանի անվան «Հանրապետական» մարզադաշտում Հայաստանի հավաքականը հյուրընկալել էր Սլովակիայի հավաքականին:…

Turkish Prosecutor Appeals Dink Ruling, Says Murder Work of Ergenekon

ISTANBUL — An Istanbul prosecutor investigating the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist…