Christoph Strässer

17.12.2013

Statement on the arrest of Anar Mammadli

I am concerned about the arrest of Anar Mammadli, head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center in Azerbaijan. Mr Mammadli is a dedicated and well-respected civil-rights activist and election observer who has reported critically on developments in Azerbaijan. In my capacity as rapporteur on the subject of “Follow-up to the Issue of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan” for the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, I have worked closely with many civil-society organisations, and with Mr Mammadli. I call on the Azerbaijani authorities to release Mr Mammadli and guarantee him a fair trial. I would like to add my voice to those who have expressed solidarity with him, including many international NGOs, and I will be following the proceedings closely.