CIVIL SOCIETY DEFENSE COMMITTEE FORMED

June 11th, 2009
Today, the directors of approximately 50 NGOs conducted an emergency meeting about the proposed changes to the Azerbaijan Republic law on non-governmental organizations which will consider by the Milli Mejlis (parliament) in an extraordinary session of Milli Mejlis that is scheduled to take place on 19 June. Participants in the meeting agreed to form the “Civil Society Defense Committee.”

Ten members were selected to be on a working group to organize actions of protest against the proposed changes to the Azerbaijan Republic law on non-governmental organizations.
A statement of protest against the proposed changes to the Azerbaijan Republic law on non-governmental organizations is currently being prepared and soon a signature campaign will begin. The working group will prepare appeal to Azerbaijan’s president, Milli Mejlis and the Council of Europe and a roundtable will be held on this matter on June 18.
More information about the “Civil Society Defense Committee” will be provided to the public in a press conference that will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Azerbaijan Media Center.