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During the inspection the Justice Ministry employees were in IRFS’s office for one hour and asked IRFS employees many questions. Their interest was focused on information about the organization’s founders, members, grants, and its legal and real address.
IRFS believes that the initiation of these types of unwarranted inspections is an obvious display of the Azeri government’s intolerance towards independent NGOs.
IRFS declares that these types of activities by the Justice Ministry are a violation of Freedom of Association and Assembly envisaged in Article 58 of the Azerbaijan Republic Constitution and Article 11 European Convention on Human Rights.
Only a short time ago the well-known Election Monitoring Center was closed and NGO legislation was amended to make it more restrictive. The re-registration of the EMC has been deliberately delayed by the Justice Ministry.
IRFS appeals to international organizations to call on Azerbaijan’s government to put an end to these types of repressive actions. In addition, IRFS appeals to Azerbaijan’s government to display tolerance toward independent NGOs.