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Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle criticize amendments to the legislation on NGOs in Azerbaijan

The spokespersons of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle issued the statement about amendments to the legislation on non-governmental organisations in Azerbaijan.

"The High Representative and the Commissioner are concerned by recent amendments to NGO legislation in Azerbaijan restricting the environment for an independent and critical civil society, especially in the field of human rights and democracy.

In view of Azerbaijan's upcoming chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, the High Representative and the Commissioner call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to abide by their international commitments and to review the law on NGOs with a view to addressing the concerns formulated by the Venice Commission. In particular, they call upon the authorities in Azerbaijan to improve and facilitate the registration procedures for international NGOs, creating an environment conducive for all NGOs to carry out their legitimate activities”, – reads the statement.



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