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“Harassment and obstruction by state agents of the professional work of independent defence lawyers working on high-profile cases in Armenia should immediately come to an end", said Lene Wetteland, senior advisor at the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. “Together with other members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) we call on Armenian authorities to put an end to a worrying pattern of abuse and ensure that all lawyers can carry out their work without hindrance.”
The UN CEDAW committee is “seriously concerned about attitudes and policies reinforcing discriminatory traditional norms, harmful practices and patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes […] in all spheres of life” in Turkmenistan.
Azerbaijan has blatantly flouted its international commitments by keeping Fatullayev behind bars. This not only undermines the Council of Europe’s credibility but erodes press freedom for all Council members. Sanctions are appropriate if Azerbaijan continues to mock the rule of law and hold Fatullayev
Norwegian Helsinki Committee, as one of the member organisations of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, condemns the recent wave of arrests of youth activists and bloggers in connection with planned pro-democracy protests in the country, and call for their immediate release.