Christoph Strässer

27.05.2011

Strässer begrüßt Freilassung von Eynulla Fatullayev

Strasbourg, 27.05.2011 - Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur on Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan, Christoph Strässer (Germany, SOC) welcomed the release of Azerbaijan opposition journalist and newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev. “Mr. Fatullayev should have never been imprisoned in the first place”, Mr Strässer said, and recalled that “there is still a large number of similar cases of alleged political prisoners in Azerbaijan”. “I would be pleased to come to Azerbaijan in order to discuss a possible solution to all these cases to match the release, earlier this week, of all alleged political prisoners in Armenia. There is no reason to believe that Azerbaijan is less capable of resolving these cases than Armenia”, the rapporteur added. “I very much hope that this step in the right direction will be followed by further progress. In particular, I call on the Azerbaijani authorities to swiftly release the two youth activists, Jabbar Savalan and Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, who were sent to prison only a few days ago.”