IN THE SPOTLIGHT
UK foreign minister raises issue of imprisonment of Anar Mammadli with Azeri authorities
On 17 December UK Foreign Secretary William Hague who visited Baku to initial a deal for the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, raised the case of imprisonment Anar Mammadli with Foreign Minister Mammadyarov.
Mammadli, who chairs the Baku-based Center for Election Monitoring and Democracy, documented cases of various violations in this October's presidential election, which brought a third encore for President Ilham Aliyev’s ten-year rule. His criticism of the last election included the post-election crackdown on dissenting media, and was picked up by international news outlets and cited by international watchdogs. Anar Mammadli was a Coordinator of Working Group 1 on Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in 2013.
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum joins the campaign to postpone Azerbaijan’s six-month chairmanship of the organisation, currently scheduled to start in May 2014, until it conforms to the organisation’s rules.