Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

18 August 2016.

admin-ajaxLess than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. Today, Civil Rights Defenders joins 17 other member organisations of the Sports for Rights coalition in a statement to condemn this renewed crackdown. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country.

The Sport for Rights coalition calls for the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately cease these gross and systemic violations and take steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the immediate and unconditional release of political prisoners held for their peaceful political activities or exercise of their right to freedom of expression. Sport for Rights further calls for sustained attention to Azerbaijan by the international community, and concrete action to hold the Azerbaijani government accountable for its human rights obligations.

Read the full statement here: Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum.

Categories: News and Statements.
Tags: Baku, Freedom of expression, and Sports for Rights Campaign.
Regions: Azerbaijan.