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Appeal to EU officials to place emphasis on human rights issues in Azerbaijan

15 June 2013

To:      Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
           Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Dear President Van Rompuy,
Dear President Barroso,

The undersigned organizations call on you to prominently raise human rights issues when you meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels later this week. We fully support the letter sent to you by our Azerbaijani colleagues on June 14, 2013 highlighting a number of worrying trends in Azerbaijan. In view of the deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan, we hope you will use this opportunity to reaffirm that energy and trade cannot take precedence over democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

The full text of the letter can be found here