Baku offended by the head of the European Parliament
Ceremony of awarding Prize named after Sakharov in the sphere of human rights took place on November 26 in Strasbourg at the European Parliament This prestigious award was given to Dr. Mukvege of Congo.
Speaking at the ceremony, European Parliament President Martin Schulz welcomed also two other finalists to claim prizes - Ukrainian movement Euromaidan and human rights activist Leyla Yunus from Azerbaijan.
"Conditions in which Leyla Yunus is kept cause serious threat to her life. The European Parliament calls for her immediate release. The European Parliament recognizes her courage and commitment to democratic values and expresses its strong support, " said Schultz.
He further noted that the head of the Institute of Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunus has shown great courage, defending human rights in Azerbaijan.
"The European Parliament calls on the regime in Azerbaijan to immediately release this an innocent woman whose health is fading with every day."
He further expressed his indignation at the fact that the Azerbaijani authorities did not allow the delegation of the European Parliament to visit Yunus.
We have tried to send a parliamentary delegation to Azerbaijan to visit Ms Yunus in prison, thus far without success. It is unacceptable that the Azeri authorities should be continuing to deny us access to Ms Yunus.
These sharp expressions by the head of the European Parliament once again angered the official Baku, who, represented by Novruz Mamedov, called statements bySchultz anti-Azerbaijani, and presented himself as a political loser trying to remind himself through such statements.
Novruz Mammadov is surprised that Schultz is silent on the events in Ferguson and in Brussels. "Let him deal with the problems of the European Union," Mammadov said haughtily.
Approximately the same comment made the representative of Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hikmet Hajiyev, who said that the European Parliament did not appeal to Baku regarding the visit of his mission.
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