European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan

Bruxelles, 30/12/2014 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 141230_05_en
Statements by the Spokesperson

The New Year pardon announced by President Aliyev for several prisoners, including a number of journalists and opposition youth activists held in detention, is a welcome step.

At the same time a decision to close the Baku bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty contravening Azerbaijan's international commitments to protect media freedom has been taken.

Restoring the international community's faith in the commitment of Azerbaijan to the freedom of expression, a free and independent media, and to the rule of law will require consistent efforts of the authorities in Baku.

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