Repressions in Azerbaijan must stop
11.05.2015 Jordi Xuclà, President of ALDE-PACE issued a statement on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.
Few days ago Faraj Kerimli, Deputy Chair of the Azerbaijani "Musavat" party, member of our European liberal family, who had been recognised by Amnesty International as prisoner of conscience, was sentenced to 6.5 years of imprisonment. Allegations of 'drug abuse,' 'illegal entrepreneurship' and 'tax evasion' seem to have become a penal instrument commonly used for putting activists to jail in Azerbaijan", said Jordi Xuclà.
"We are confronted with a very clear tendency of toughening punishment against civil society in Azerbaijan. A great number of NGOs have already shut down because of restrictive legislation and those activists and journalists who dare to speak up find themselves in prison. This kind of governmental policy is all the more worrisome that the country is approaching a parliamentary election later this year," declared Jordi Xuclà.
"As liberal members of an international human rights body we shall continue to raise our voices in defence of political pluralism, human rights and the rule of law on our continent. We cannot accept that almost all Council of Europe interlocutors from the civil society of Azerbaijan are now behind bars. Last year by awarding the Parliamentary Assembly's Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Annar Mammadli we were sending a clear signal: repressions must stop," concluded Mr Xuclà.
ALDE-PACE bureau member appointed Minister
Jordi Xuclà congratulated Vice-President of the Group Tinatin Khidasheli (Georgia) on her nomination as Minister of Defence of her country. "It has been a great honour to share with you our commitment to the cause of freedom and democracy'" said Jordi Xuclà.
On 8 May the appointment was approved by the Georgian Parliament.
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