Newsfeed

Ankara tries to exert pressure on Berlin in run-up to Bundestag debates on Armenian Genocide resolution

Investigative Committee: NKR Defense Army serviceman Vahe Yeghoyan was killed by adversary

Views from Moscow: Only a monitoring system can stop the sluggish war in Karabakh

Mammadyarov says another meeting on Karabakh conflict settlement is scheduled for June 2016

Head of Gazprom Armenia CJSC: Final tariff of natural gas is formed in compliance with legislation of Armenia

Ex-minister: April aggression has brought Baku to a military and political deadlock

Putin: EEU is succeeding as a modern international organization committed to addressing specific economic development issues our countries are facing

Ombudsman of Artsakh urges international human rights organizations to give adequare response to incident with Luka Vardanyan

On June 2 Armenian Government to sum up first results of anti-corruption fight

Foreign Ministry: Nalbandian and Mammadyarov to hold no meeting

View from Tbilisi: Ilham Aliyev is guarantor of non-resumption of wide-scale war in Karabakh

Expert: Islamic factor in Karabakh did not work in April 2016 just as 22 years ago

"UTair" Airline Company appointed regular carrier between Russia and Armenia

Forecast: April war will leave even less space for compromises in Karabakh issue

View from Moscow: If there is any plan on Karabakh in Russia, it is not "Lavrov's plan"

Gas tariff for Armenian consumers to decline by 9.3 AMD per 1 cu m. from July 1

Investigative Committee: General and two colonels of Armenian Defense Ministry arrested

On June 1 Ameriabank organizes Amerianews-Kids event for children aged between 4 and 8

Rostelecom Armenia reduces prices for calls to Russian mobile networks from June 1

Deputy Foreign Minister: Civil society plays important role in stimulating Armenia-EU relations

VivaCell-MTS reminds: no commission applies when recharging prepaid account via "Top-up" service

EU closely follows investigation on its grant swindle

Artsvik Minasyan: Largest airline companies are expected to enter Armenian market

Deputy Minister: Launch of Armenian NPP Unit 2 life extension program was delayed because of Russian Finance Ministry

VivaCell-MTS general partner of "New Names" 6th International Festival of Young Musician- Performers

UCom Company and World Vision provide assistance to family living in Tavush region

Baku: Karabakh conflict will be discussed in a more dynamic form

Views from Yerevan: Eurasian Economic Union has little in common with economy or a union

Stepanakert responds to Baku's misinformation

Views from Tbilisi: Nothing endangers stably warm Armenian-Georgian relations

PSRC representative: Electricity tariff in Armenia to be reduced by 2-2.5 AMD

Rumors about possible creation of a dirty bomb in Armenia are greatly exaggerated: Director General of ANPP

Yerevan hosts an international conference "Caucasus-2015"

Regulator to officially announce its decision on gas tariffs on May 31

South Caucasus Railway Board of Directors holds a meeting: Company has carried out its concessionary obligations by 102%

There will be no Sargsyan-Putin bilateral meeting in Astana

Serviceman Suren Mosiyan dies in Karabakh

OSCE CiO has asked Andrzej Kasprzyk to prepare a concept for expansion of CiO Personal Representative's Office

Kyaram Sloyan's family applies to ECHR to declare Azerbaijan's actions as military crime

Stepanakert's return to negotiating table has become topical after April war, ex-ambassador of US to Armenia says

Die Welt on Armenian Genocide resolution: Bundestag will finally call a spade a spade next week

Armenian Embassy to Russia responded to statement of Azerbaijan's Embassy to Russia

Bako Sahakyan sent congratulatory message on Day of the First Armenian Republic

Russian Embassy to Armenia responds to "Analitik.am" director's statement

Serzh Sargsyan: Military hostilities that unfolded in early April revealed more vividly some realities within and around us

Russian ambassador about pressure on Armenia: It is impossible to achieve the necessary result by exerting pressure on either of the parties

Eduard Sharmazanov: Baku's statements that Armenia produces nuclear weapons are insanity

Heritage: New Electoral Code fails to enhance public confidence in electoral processes

Eduard Sharmazanov: Samvel Babayan has the right to conduct any activities within the limits of the law

Seyran Ohanyan on Samvel Babayan's return: His heroic deeds are not forgotten

Regional

Azerbaijan 'makes mockery of democratic aspirations' in civil society crackdown, says OSCE PA human rights chair

  • Saturday, August 2, 20:44

Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today deplored the intensifying crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan and called on authorities to quickly reverse the trend.

"With this latest round of attacks on the country's civil society, Azerbaijan is making a mockery of its stated aspirations to become a modern, democratic state. I am shocked by developments that have occurred in the last several days alone -- namely, the barring of human rights activist Rasul Jafarov from leaving the country and the clearly politicized charges against Leyla Yunus and her husband," Santos said.

"The fact that these and other disturbing developments have come less than a month after Baku hosted the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session makes them all the more shameful. I call on Azerbaijan's authorities to take their OSCE human rights commitments seriously and immediately reverse this downward spiral," Santos added.

The PA's human rights chair also referred to a clause in the Baku Declaration, the final document approved by Parliamentarians from across the OSCE area at the conclusion of the recent Annual Session, that "expresses concern at the misuse of administrative procedures and legislation to detain, imprison, intimidate or otherwise silence human rights defenders and critics in numerous OSCE participating States, including Azerbaijan:"

Activist Rasul Jafarov, the chair of the Legal Protection and Awareness Society, has worked to bring human rights violations in Azerbaijan to the attention of the international community. His ban on traveling abroad was revealed this week when he attempted to cross into Georgia. His bank account has also been frozen and he has been subject to official harassment.  Jafarov was one of several leading activists who assisted Santos in organizing a side event on fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan at the OSCE PA Annual Session. The event was attended by prominent Azerbaijani MPs, who actively engaged in discussion on the topics raised. 
Leyla Yunus, the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy in Azerbaijan, and her husband, Arif Yunus, were arrested on 30 July on charges of treason, tax evasion and other financial crimes. The NGO defends political prisoners, exposes corruption and promotes people-to-people exchanges between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The OSCE PA's human rights chair also expressed concern over the sentencing last month of Azerbaijani education activist and NGO leader Hasan Huseynli to six years in prison on trumped up charges.

Santos also noted with regret the announcement that independent Azerbaijani newspaper "Azadliq" has been forced to suspend publishing due to financial problems. The newspaper has faced official pressure apparently in connection to its reporting on corruption. She described the development as "another blow to the already state-dominated media landscape."

Santos further reiterated her intention to visit jailed Azerbaijani rights defender Anar Mammadli, the Chairman of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre. In early June, she formally requested permission to visit Mammadli during the OSCE PA Annual Session in Baku, but has yet to receive a response from the authorities.

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields