Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan

Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 16:41

Brussels, 19/10/2019

On 19 October dozens of people were detained in Baku following their attempt to rally peacefully.

Excessive and unprovoked force was reportedly used to disperse the crowds and arrest participants. Such incidents need to be investigated. We equally call on the authorities to release peaceful protesters remaining in detention. 

Freedom of assembly is a fundamental human right and we expect Azerbaijan to ensure that it can be fully exercised, in line with the country’s international obligations.

Maja KOCIJANCIC

Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

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Adam KAZNOWSKI

Press Officer for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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