Law 20:19 05/05/2014

EU condemns arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Rauf Mirkadirov and persecutions towards human rights defender Leyla Yunus

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule issued a joint statement condemning the arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Rauf Mirkadirov and pressure exercised on human rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband. The statement is posted on the EU’s website.

“The High Representative and Commissioner are deeply concerned to note the detention on 19 April of Rauf Mirkadirov and the circumstances of the interrogation on 29 April of Arif Yunus and Leyla Yunus, well known human rights defenders in Azerbaijan,” the joint statement reads.

They note that steps taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in recent weeks seem to target Civil Society activists, who are campaigning for respect for human rights, rule of law and fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan as well as for a people-to-people dialogue as an essential component of reconciliation and conflict resolution.

The EU urges the government of Azerbaijan to honor the obligations and commitments Azerbaijan subscribed to as a member of the Council of Europe and to act upon the recommendations of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in his recently published report on Azerbaijan.

Note that earlier Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Nils Muiznieks, U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and human rights organizations, such as the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House and the International Federation of Human Rights Organizations (FIDH) have condemned the detention of human rights activist Leyla Yunus in Baku.

As it is stated in Azerbaijani news agency Turan, on Saturday the session of the National Council of Democratic Forces took place, during which the NC chairman Jamil Hasanli said that NC would do everything possible to protect Yunus and other civil society activists.

Leyla Yunus as well gave a speech at the session. She informed the members of National Council that a political campaign was launched against her which involved law enforcement bodies. Yunus regarded the investigation against her as political farce and lawlessness. Human Rights activist said that the people who cooperate with her are suppressed because the Azerbaijani authorities want to fabricate the case.

The news agency as well notes that on Sunday afternoon the apartment of arrested journalist Rauf Mirkadirov in Ankara, where his wife and children live was searched by Turkish security services. The journalist’s wife Adelya Babakhanova said that eleven people came to the apartment. She was informed that the search was being conducted by the request of Azerbaijani authorities. In the course of the search a number of documents and electronic data carriers, including the tablet of Mirkadirov’s daughter were confiscated. After that the representative of Azerbaijani embassy arrived and started to ask Mirkadirov’s wife about the activities of her husband.

When the search was over, Adelya Babakhanova was invited to the embassy of Azerbaijan. The questioning of journalist’s wife lasted for about five hours in the building of embassy. The lawyer was not present in the process. During all this time her young daughter was with her. Babakhanova refused to sign the protocol of interrogation demanding a lawyer.

Note that in the evening of April 28 in the airport of Baku while departing to Doha famous Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband conflictologist Arif Yunus were detained. They intended to fly to Paris, then to Brussels by the invitation of EU to participate in an international event. Leyla Yunus was taken to the Department of Grave Crimes of Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s office for questioning, where she spent 9 hours. Her husband who was detained with her was hospitalized in pre-infarction condition. The search of Yunus’ apartment and IPD office was conducted. Earlier in Baku the journalist of Azerbaijani newspaper Zerkalo Rauf Mirkadirov was arrested. He was accused of conducting espionage for Armenia.



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

Newsfeed

20:00
No precipitation expected in Armenia over next few days
No precipitation is predicted in the territory of Armenia from 18 to 21 November, while rains are forecast for some regions on 22...
19:33
Production of meat, meat products on the rise in Armenia
Armenia saw a rise in the production volumes of meat and meat products in the first nine months of 2018, according to the latest figures...
19:11
Theresa May reveals whisky helped her handle stress amid Brexit fallout
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, UK Prime Minister Theresa May specifically heaped praise on the support of her husband Philip,...
18:51
Trump says not considering extraditing Erdogan foe
President Donald Trump said Saturday he was not considering extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric to Turkey as part of an effort to ease...
18:26
Armenia’s carpet production grows strongly in nine months
Armenia saw a strong growth in the production volumes of carpet and carpet coverings in the first nine months of this year, the latest...
17:58
Mkhitaryan thanks fans for support at Armenia’s match against Gibraltar
Armenian national football team and Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has thanked the fans for their support during Armenia's Nations...
17:24
Report: US-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria
A Syria war monitor and state media are reporting that at least 40 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by US-led airstrikes on the last...
17:13
Azerbaijan sends note of protest to France over Artsakh president’s visit
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Paris has sent a note of protest to the country’s Foreign Ministry over the visit of Artsakh...
16:32
Municipality to launch large-scale inspections at Yerevan Zoo
The Yerevan Municipality says it will carry out large-scale inspections at the Yerevan Zoo given the ‘latest developments around the zoo,...
16:02
Pashinyan: 'I hope we can live up to Robert Abajyan’s heroism'
Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia and his spouse Anna Hakobyan on Friday attended a ceremony dedicated to Artsakh Hero Robert...
15:42
Armenia’s Yura Movsisyan hails ‘great team victory’ in Gibraltar clash
Leading Armenian footballer Yura Movsisyan has praised the performance of the Armenian national team against Gibraltar on Friday. The...
15:21
Stepantsminda-Lars road closed for all vehicles
Stepantsminda-Lars highway is shut down for all types of vehicles as of 1pm Saturday, the Armenian Ministry of Transport, Communication and...
15:07
Armenian border villagers block road, demand return of Karen Ghazaryan held captive in Azerbaijan
The school students of Berdavan border village in Armenia's Tavush region are holding a rally, demanding the return of their fellow villager...
14:11
Artsakh reports over 80 Azerbaijani ceasefire violations over past week
The Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire along the Artsakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact over 80 times in the past week, the...
13:58
Armenia’s acting PM to demand explanations from Kazakh, Belarus leaders
Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan has unveiled his plans to demand explanations from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as...
13:01
Argentine submarine missing for one year found deep in Atlantic
The wreckage of a submarine which went missing with 44 crew on board a year ago has been found, BBC News reports, citing the Argentine navy....
12:46
Armenia sacks army officers over fatal military truck crash
Armenia’s acting Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan has dismissed 4 military officers of one of the Defense Army’s military units after...
11:56
Yura Movsisyan scores four as Armenia beats Gibraltar 6-2
The Armenian national football team crashed Gibraltar 6-2 in the UEFA Nations League match on Friday. Gibraltar took the lead in the 10th...
11:17
California wildfire death toll rises to 71 with more than 1000 missing
More than 1,000 people have been reported missing in a California wildfire which has destroyed thousands of homes and killed at least 71, BBC...
10:58
Tourist arrivals up 8.8% in Armenia in nine months
Armenia saw a strong growth in tourist arrivals in the first nine months of this year, according to the latest statistics. The country...
10:33
Roads mostly passable in Armenia
Roadways are mostly open for traffic in the territory of Armenia as of 9am Saturday, the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Panorama.am....
20:27
France 24: Syria's Armenian minority building new life in Yerevan
In the past few years, some 15 to 20,000 Syrians have found refuge in Armenia, the overwhelming majority of them of Armenian origin. Fleeing...
20:18
Trump ordered to allow CNN journalist Jim Acosta back
A judge in Washington has ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after it was revoked by the US Secret...
20:17
US weighs expelling Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen
The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the...
19:42
Acting Foreign Minister: Armenia has not received any arms sales offers from US
"Armenia has not received any offers on arms sales from the US," Acting Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said in an interview with...
19:22
Lost Disney cartoon predating Mickey Mouse found in Japan 70 years later
One of Walt Disney's earliest cartoon shorts has resurfaced in Japan 70 years after it went missing, according to msn.com. Yasushi...
19:09
Armen Sarkissian congratulated President of Kyrgyzstan
President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Sooronbai...
18:37
Israel set for early elections after cabinet breaks up: source
Israel is due to hold elections early next year after the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lost his defence minister and talks broke down in...
18:31
U.S. experts on Iran sanctions policy visit Armenia
An interagency team of subject matter experts from the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury visited Yerevan November 15-16 to discuss Iran...
18:08
Pashinyan, Putin hold phone conversation
Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan held on Friday a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his office said....

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?"}