European Parliament calls on Azerbaijan to end harassment

The European Parliament calls on Azerbaijani authorities to proceed with human rights reforms.

Members of the European Parliament call on the Azerbaijani authorities to undertake long-overdue human rights reforms without further delay, cease their harassment of civil society organisations, opposition politicians and independent journalists, and lift the ban of public gatherings in Baku.

They condemn the arrest and detention of Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus, Rasul Jafarov, Intigam Aliyev and Hasan Huseyni and demand their immediate and unconditional release.

EU support and cooperation with Azerbaijan, including ongoing negotiations for a Strategic Modernisation Partnership, must be conditional upon and include clauses relating to protection of human rights, says the text from the plenary session.

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