Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 4
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland a bit hastened to make statement on the activities of the joint working group on human rights in Azerbaijan, the member of the joint working group's secretariat, the human rights activist Seadet Benenyarli told Trend Nov. 4.
She was commenting on Jagland's criticism in an article published by the Guardian.
Benenyarli said it was necessary to wait for the results of the working group's activity, but, unfortunately, Jagland made a hasty criticism.
She said that unfortunately Azerbaijan's "friends" are continuing their activities in this direction, adding that especially the lobbies abroad.
The human rights activist said Azerbaijan takes the necessary measures in the field of human rights, taking into account the recommendations of Europe.
"On Jagland's part, it was wrong to make critical comments about the joint working group a few days after the restoration of its activity," she said.
Head of the Department on Work with Law-Enforcement Bodies of Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration, Fuad Alasgarov and Head of Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov were elected the co-chairs of the joint group.
Seadet Benenyarli and Sahib Mammadov were elected members of the working group's secretariat.
The working group members, referring to the memorandum on creation of the group, signed 2005, confirmed the Azerbaijani society's intention to effectively address human rights issues through dialogue with civil society.
Edited by SI