Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

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.

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