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unnamedThe EaP CSF Steering Committee welcomes the adoption of the Resolution on the Case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli by the European Parliament on 15 June. It sends a strong message that such cases will not go unnoticed and calls for a thorough investigation of the abduction to be conducted by the Georgian government.

The Steering Committee welcomes the emphasis on democratic reforms, the rule of law, good governance, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as the core of the new EU-Azerbaijan agreement in paragraph 16. The EaP CSF SC calls on the European Parliament to take into account the civil society monitoring in its assessment of the situation throughout the negotiations  prior to deciding on whether to give its consent.

In addition to the names of political prisoners mentioned by the resolution, the Steering Committee would like to bring attention to other cases of intimidation by the authorities.

For example, on 1 June, Nasimi district court sentenced Aziz Orujov, Baku manager of the Internet television station Channel 13, to 4 months of pre-trial detention. He is accused of illegal entrepreneurship and abuse of his authority. He and his family members were previously subjected to an inquiry in the framework of a criminal case against local and foreign NGOs in 2014.

The EaP CSF SC also appeals to the authorities of Azerbaijan to allow Intigam Aliyev to travel abroad in order to receive the medical treatment for his serious blood pressure and circulation condition. Currently, the travel ban precludes him from getting the urgently needed medical care and does not permit him to continue his professional activities as a human rights advocate. Mr Aliyev was imprisoned on political grounds in 2014 and served twenty months of a seven and a half year sentence before being released on probation in March 2016 on humanitarian grounds.

Taking into consideration that the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership initiative will review the status of Azerbaijan at the end of June, the EaP CSF SC urges to assess the Government’s Report on the activity of Azerbaijan in Open Government Partnership and make sure that the Government has addressed the original concerns.

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