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According to Human Rights Watch the proposed changes to Azerbaijan’s NGO law violate the European Convention on Human Rights, International Convent on Civil and Political Rights and obligations that Azerbaijan has undertaken before international organizations like the Council of Europe. “The amendments also run counter to the Recommendation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Legal Status of Non-governmental organizations in Europe and the Fundamental Principles on the Status of Non-governmental Organizations in Europe,” Human Rights Watch writes in their letter.
In conclusion, Human Rights Watch writes, “We urge you to take immediate and appropriate steps to reject any arbitrary limitations on the work of independent civil society groups and instead empower NGOs to enhance the prominent and constructive role they have played in Azerbaijan’s public life.”