Region 12:10 23/02/2013

ESI: Debates at PACE on Straesser’s report showed that Azerbaijan manipulates that organization

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) non-profit research and policy organization states in its report titled “Azerbaijan debacle: The PACE debate on 23 January 2013” that the presented debates prove how Baku manipulates PACE.

In particular, the organization underlines that Representatives of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev's regime had long waged a campaign against Christoph Straesser, who was appointed as rapporteur in March 2009. “Most egregiously, Azerbaijan refused to issue Straesser a visa to visit the country on a fact-finding mission, although he applied for it three times. Straesser was openly and repeatedly accused of being part of an anti-Azerbaijani lobbying effort,” ESI writes.

The document says that, On 23 January 2013 a record 224 members of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) participated in a debate on Azerbaijan. There have never been more members voting on any resolution in the history of PACE. “The vote was also historic because of its outcome: PACE rapporteur Christoph Straesser's resolution on political prisoners in Azerbaijan was defeated – 125 votes against 79 votes, with 20 abstentions – sending a very strong signal of support to the authoritarian regime in Baku,” the authors of the report say.

According to the document, the vote on 23 January was remarkable in terms of who voted with Azerbaijan and who voted with Straesser. All 18 Russian members were present and sided with Azerbaijan. So did 10 Turks, 9 Spaniards, 9 Italians and a majority of members from the United Kingdom (7), Ukraine (7) and France (7). On the other hand, 11 German members from all political families supported Straesser's resolution. They were joined by all 6 Swedes, and most Swiss, Finns, Norwegians and all Baltic members and Armenia.

“In total, 54 people spoke in the debate. Straesser was accused by his critics of the following things: He was also accused of not checking the facts, rushing the issues, unfairly focusing on Azerbaijan, implementing double standards. The critics decided that if the report is approved real terrorists can all announce themselves to be political prisoners,” ESI notes.

“Another disturbing twist in this debate was the fact that in addition to the vote on Straesser's resolution, a second, concurrent resolution on Azerbaijan had also been put on the table which was presented by its authors as a clear alternative – in contradiction no less – to the resolution drafted by Strasser,” the report says.

“I ask members to support the first report, but I will vote against Mr Straesser's report, for obvious reasons: it contradicts our report and encroaches on the authority of the Monitoring Committee,” Pedro Agramunt Spanish, co-rapporteur of the monitoring committee told PACE.

The organization calls this debate a striking one that is likely to be remembered for many years, and certain to stand as a reminder of just how successfully Azerbaijan has been able to capture and manipulate PACE.

According to Strasser a resolution was adopted in 2005 about Azerbaijan which stated that the issue of political prisoners has not been finally resolved.

“We in the Parliamentary Assembly must take our own commitments seriously. We have committed ourselves to follow up the process, so we have a responsibility to do so. Only a few months ago, we agreed on a definition of 'political prisoner'. We do not want to pillory any country in particular, and that definition applies to all 47 member states of the Council of Europe. What is the current situation? Unfortunately, on the basis of information gained via co-operation with a number of Azerbaijani non-governmental organisations, it is clear that this issue has not been addressed since our last report,” Strasser said.

“Only a few weeks ago, there was a presidential amnesty for more than 40 detainees, 14 of whom appeared on the list I submitted, but others who are clearly political prisoners are still in prison in Azerbaijan, so we must get to grips with this issue yet again,” he stated.

German MP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel noted that the problem of political imprisonment in Azerbaijan has still not been solved, even following the amnesty of 26 December. According to her, it is a cat-and-mouse game for Azerbaijani Authorities, in which people are arrested, released and then re-arrested shortly afterwards. “Everybody clearly knows that next time it could be them, which is a tactic of intimidation,” she said.

Another German MP Marina Schuster stressed that there is a lack of freedom of the media, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and independence of the judiciary in Azerbaijan. Besides that she noted that there are no free and fair elections, and journalists and opposition politicians are intimidated at every turn. Speaking on Straesser’s report the MP noted that unfortunately, Mr. Straesser could not even visit Azerbaijan. “The Assembly should not tolerate our rapporteurs being denied access to a country, as it is essential to be able to see the situation on the ground,” Schuster noted.



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

20:30
Some roads closed, hardly passable in Armenia
Some highways are closed or difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia as of 18:30 Friday, the ministry of emergency situations said in a...
20:13
Arpenik and Isabella: Exhibition featuring the two women in the life of poet Yeghishe Charents opened in Yerevan
Prominent Armenian poet, writer and public activist Yeghishe Charents had a unique taste not only in literature but also in women. He had always...
19:29
Draft strategy on CIS economic development by 2030 discussed in Moscow
Armenian Deputy PM Mher Grigoryan participated in the regular session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Economic Council held in...
18:12
Around 2200 families in Spitak still live in temporary shelters
“The total population of Spitak town in Lori province of Armenia is 31 thousand, the majority of them are children, women and elderly...
17:39
Special Cover dedicated to the State Award of the Republic of Armenia for Global Contribution in IT sphere cancelled in Yerevan
Special Cover dedicated to the State Award of the Republic of Armenia for Global Contribution in IT sphere has been cancelled  on Thursday...
15:53
Merkel pays first visit as chancellor to Auschwitz death camp
Angela Merkel made her first visit on Friday to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial after 14 years as German chancellor, bringing a 60 million euro...
15:48
Yerevan City Council member takes baby to work
A member of the My Step faction, Gayane Vardanyan brought her infant child to work at the Yerevan City Council on Friday. When Gayane...
15:04
World food prices climb again in November: FAO
World food prices climbed 2.7 percent in November compared to the previous month, pushed higher by sharp rises in meat and vegetable oil prices,...
14:57
Situation relatively calm on Artsakh frontline, says deputy defense minister
The situation along the line of contact between Artsakh and Azerbaijan is relatively calm, Armenia’s Deputy Defense Minister Gabriel...
14:38
Pashinyan: I am not stealing a penny
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned against working without invoices during the parliamentary debates on the 2020 draft state budget....
14:10
Turkish FM at OSCE: Karabakh conflict should be resolved “on basis of territorial integrity”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict while addressing the 26th Ministerial...
13:40
Ex-lawmaker says criminal case against Armenia’s third president is ‘air’
Former MP, Deputy Chairman of the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Armen Ashotyan reiterated that the criminal charges leveled...
12:58
More than 140,000 die from measles as cases surge worldwide
Worldwide more than 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United...
12:36
Senator Cramer blocks Armenian Genocide resolution at White House's request
A Republican lawmaker blocked a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide from being passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Thursday...
12:16
Armenia acquired unprecedented amount of armament – Pashinyan
Since 2018, Armenia’s state budged has increased by 66 billion AMD (around $138 mln) which amounts for 28% of the total state budget,...
12:05
Armenian parliament adopts 2020 draft state budget
The Armenian National Assembly voted 77 to 37 to adopt the draft state budget for 2020 at a session on Friday. Lawmakers on a business trip...
10:55
Friday morning update on road conditions
Some highways are closed or difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia as of 10am Friday, December 6, the Ministry of Emergency Situations...
10:33
OSCE Minsk Group urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to intensify Karabakh talks
Heads of delegations of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries issued a joint statement on Thursday, calling on Armenia and Azerbaijan to...
10:13
Australian firefighters worry about wildfires approaching Sydney
Firefighters battled to contain nearly 150 fires burning in New South Wales state on Friday as strong winds fanned the flames and again shrouded...
20:36
When it comes to Karabakh, there remains a real risk of escalation։ Miroslav Lajcak
When it comes to Karabakh, there remains a real risk of escalation, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said...
20:25
Unnao: India woman set on fire on her way to rape case hearing
A 23-year-old alleged rape victim is fighting for her life after she was set on fire while going to court in northern India.The woman was on her...
20:23
Life after Death: The text message that made a baby
Soon after their wedding, Lenee and Jeremi Kehnt had a serious conversation about Jeremi’s smoking. Lenee wanted him to quit, so he could...
20:21
Trump impeachment to go ahead - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will file impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of...
20:18
Azerbaijani FM: Unfortunately, we still have unresolved issues
Azerbaijani foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov described his talks with Armenia’s counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Bratislava as serious...
20:14
Mkhitaryan showcases multilingual skills after Roma victory
After two months of a trauma-related break, Armenia’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal for Roma during the Italian championship’s...
18:00
SCR to operate additional services of Yerevan-Gyumri electric train
South Caucasus Railway (SCR) has announced additional train services for Yerevan-Gyumri electric train. As the company said in a released...
17:34
The security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh will not be compromised – Zohrab Mnatsakanyan
“There is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict,” Armenian FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated at the...
17:12
Levon Aronian loses semifinal match to Ding Liren at Grand Chess Tour
Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian has lost to Ding Liren of China in the semifinal match of Grand Chess Tour playoff. As the National...
16:28
Takeo Kanade, author of ‘virtualized reality’, visits VivaCell-MTS to meet with ICT community of Armenia
The 2019 Laureate of the Global IT Award, the founder of “Origami World” theory, and the author of the ‘virtualized...
16:04
UN: Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast
At least 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}