Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Azerbaijan's by biu27071

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									        EUROPEAN UNION                                                      Brussels, 24 August 2010
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          Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
          on Azerbaijan's Supreme Court judgment of 19 August
              concerning the two youth organization members


Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:




“The High Representative regrets the decision by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan on 19 August
2010 to uphold the prison sentences against youth activists Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizade.

The High Representative considers that the shortcomings of the trial, notably with regards to
international standards of fairness and transparency, and its conclusion, send a negative signal
with regard to the situation of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. The High Representative calls
on Azerbaijan to release Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizade.

The EU remains committed to assisting Azerbaijan in fulfilling its international commitments,
including towards the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the EU, in particular with regard to
democracy, the respect for human rights, notably the right to freedom of expression, and the rule of
law.”



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                                           FOR FURTHER DETAILS:
                Maja Kocijancic +32 498 984 425 - +32 2 298 65 70 - Maja.Kocijancic@ec.europa.eu
                  Darren Ennis +32 498 963 293 - +32 2 296 32 93 - Darren.Ennis@ec.europa.eu
                                    COMM-SPP-HRVP-ASHTON@ec.europa.eu
                                              www.eeas.europa.eu

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