Visa application for Azerbaijan rejected
Although the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has repeatedly confirmed the mandate on the definition of political prisoners and the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan (follow-up to the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan) the Azerbaijani authorities are still failing to cooperate in organising Christoph Strässer’s visit to Azerbaijan. The visa application which Christoph Strässer submitted to the Azerbaijani Embassy as Rapporteur for the Council of Europe has been rejected. Strässer will, however, continue to work to ensure that his trip to Azerbaijan is made possible. He would also like to accept an invitation to a civil-society conference in Azerbaijan this autumn. He will ensure that the new developments are discussed at the next meeting of the Committee.