Strasbourg. Fuad Gulubeyli – APA. Reacting to the decision today of the Baku Court of Appeal to maintain in detention two human rights activists, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement:
“I am concerned by the recent events in Azerbaijan and the heavy-handed response of the police to protests. I am particularly disturbed by the arrest on 4 February of Tofig Yagublu and Ilgar Mammadov, in relation to recent events in Ismayilli.
“I call on the authorities of Azerbaijan to respect the fundamental principles and legally-binding standards of the European Convention of Human Rights, which they have undertaken to uphold when joining the Council of Europe,” – said the Secretary General.