Azerbaijan Makes Two More Appeals to Council of Europe on Political Prisoners
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 January / corr. Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ Two more separate appeals are prepared in Azerbaijan to be sent to the Council of Europe requesting the appointment of a new reporter on human rights and political prisoners.
An appeal signed by three opposition parties presented in Azadlig bloc, 44 human rights activists, lawyers and journalists, was sent to the Council of Europe on 17 January, Trend reported.
"A solution to the political prisoners' problems is very important to carry out reforms in Azerbaijan and PACE committee on Juridical Affairs and Human Rights is requested to appoint a new reporter on political prisoners," the document says.
'I have also prepared my own appeal with the same content and I will introduce it to PACE at the winter session," Eldar Namazov, the head of For Azerbaijan public forum and who also have been invited to the winter session of PACE, said to Trend.
According to Namazov, it already the 4th time that he has been invited to the PACE session. As before, those who have been invited to the session have developed documents to be presented in the session with their signature. "Therefore it would be wrong to put our signature on two documents. We have been invited to the PACE session and will make our appeal there," Namazov said.
According to Namazov, the appointment of a reporter with great power who can speed up the administration of complaints from Azerbaijan to European Court will be discussed during the PACE session.
Two documents containing the same contents presented to PACE by public and political bodies of Azerbaijan will not create setbacks for the solution of the problem.
Eldar Namazov, human rights activist Arzu Abdullayeva, Novella Jafaroglu, Saida Gojamanli and Seadet Bananyarli have been invited to the PACE session.
A united appeal was not prepared by the representatives of the Azerbaijani public in the previous session of PACE, the participants of the session from Azerbaijan and political figures of the country that were not represented in the session sent PACE separate documents.