IRFS’ Emin Huseynov Speaks at the Council of Europe on Continued Shrinking Space for Civil Society

     IRFS’ Emin Huseynov has called for sanctions against Azerbaijan authorities to address  wide-spread human rights violations in the country. Huseynov spoke at the roundtable on shrinking space for civil society in  Azerbaijan and Russia –  lively, provocative discussion organized as by a group of NGOs at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), sponsored by MPs Mailis Reps (Estonia) and Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg).    “I cannot accept that so many remain in prison and Europe doesn’t react strongly. The reason Azerbaijan continues the crackdown is...

Council Of Europe Withdraws from Azerbaijan Human Rights Working Group

   The Council of Europe’s Secretary General, Thobjørn  Jagland, decided on Wednesday to withdraw the Council ‘s participation in the Joint Working Group on human rights. The purpose of the Joint Working Group, which was also attended by a representative of the Council of Europe and reconvened in October 2014, was to revive the dialogue between civil society and the Azerbaijani authorities.   According to the statement, issued by the Council’s spokesperson on Wednesday, “the overall situation of human rights defenders in the country has deteriorated dramatically. An increasing...
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