Azerbaijan: “Stop reprisals against human rights defenders,” says Nils Muižnieks

Human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks has urged Azerbaijan’s authorities to end their reprisals against human rights defenders.

“The targeting of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan must stop” he said, at the end of a two-day visit to the country. “The urgency of this visit was dictated by the arrest and detention over last summer of virtually all the civil society partners of my office, which makes it increasingly difficult to work on human rights issues in Azerbaijan.

“The recent repressive measures go in exactly the opposite direction from what I have recommended.”

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