Azerbaijan Joining the CE Stirs Up Human Rights Activists

BAKU (Transcaspian Project)–During the meeting recently held in the UN Resource center–it was agreed in opinion that civil rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution are not observed in the republic. The human rights activists alerted that a new surge of repression could happen next year. Former public prosecutor of Baku Chingiz Ganizade considers that the people should be ready for this. The director of the Human Rights and Legality Office Said Godzhamanly has declared that "the more people try to achieve elementary living conditions–the more present leadership toughens its regime".

The chairman of the Committee on Women’s Rights Novella Jafarova considers that the "police state" is dominating in the republic currently. In her opinion–the negative events such as illegality and outrage caused by law-enforcement services against common citizens evidence that the government is not going to enter CE and carry out its conditions. The director of the Resource center on Human Rights Mekhti Mekhtiev has appealed to all the wives of declined policemen for having action upon their husbands–who have income–earned by using violence against guiltless citizens.

The participants of the meeting have adopted a resolution which declares that the hope of positive changes in the sphere of human rights expected in connection with Azerbaijan joining the Council of Europe–was not justified. "Illegal arrests and violence against prisoners occur–obstacles to peaceful opinion expression are raised–the freedom of speech and printings is limited – everything is the same just as it was before."

The Bilik Dunyasy agency informs that the resolution authors have demanded that the authorities stop repression against their own population–immediately discharge all the prisoners along with political prisoners arrested during meetings and pickets–stop pressure on mass-media and cancel the case against the Yeni Musavat editor-in-chief Rauf Ariforglu–institute criminal proceedings against those who sullied their names with falsifying the results of the parliamentary election–and those law-enforcement services employees involved in exerting physical and psychological pressure on guiltless citizens.

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