Hearing on political prisoners
The hearing with three human rights activists from Baku (Mr. Eynullah Fatullayev, Mr. Eldar Zeynalov, and Mr. Murad Saddadinov) planned for 16 November 2011 in Paris before the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in the framework of the report under preparation on “Revisiting the issue of political prisoners” was set aside by agreement between the Rapporteur and the Committee Chair, Mr. Christos Pourgourides.
The reason for this is an exchange of letters in the last few days between the Committee chair and the chair of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation with the Council of Europe. This is to be understood as a positive signal, according to which the Azerbaijani side is now ready to cooperate with Mr. Strässer and in particular, to issue an invitation for the long-planned fact-finding visit to Azerbaijan. During this visit, which is now foreseen for early 2012, Mr. Strässer intends to meet, in addition to official representatives, the above-mentioned activists among others.