Then parliamentarians Panah Huseyn, Gudrat Hasanguliyev, Musavat Party Leader Isa Ganbar, APFP Head Ali Karimli and other forum participants spoke and expressed concern in connection with the proposed changes and amendments to the Law on Non-governmental Organizations (Public Unions and Funds).
Working group members stated that 118 NGOs appealed to CSDC through official signatures and about 50 NGOs appealed via email for membership.
Forum participants were told that a protest action has been scheduled to take place in front of Milli Mejlis at noon tomorrow, 19 June. CSDC members noted the Mayor’s office refused to grant permission for the action, but, despite this, the protest will only be cancelled if the draft law is removed from the agenda of the Milli Mejlis.
Participants noted that rumors were spread yesterday that the amendments to the NGO Law would not be considered, however later it was determined that the amendments were still under the agenda but under a different name. Today people were under the impression that the NGO law amendments are now the last thing scheduled to be discussed at tomorrow’s session of parliament. At the same time, some people are saying this could mean there won’t actually be enough time for the discussion and it will be moved to 30 June.
CSDC Working Group member Emin Huseynov noted that invitations were sent to all political parties, all Milli Mejlis members, Presidential Administration Socio-political department Head Ali Hasanov, State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDP head Ali Huseynov, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Eldar Mammadyarov to participate in the forum. However, none of these people were present at the event.
At the end of the forum, an appeal addressed to Azerbaijani society, Azerbaijan Republic Milli Mejlis, Azerbaijan Republic President, Council of Europe and international organizations was issued.