June 24, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution on “the functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan”. The resolution was prepared by Pedro Agramunt and Tadeusz Iwinski.
PACE condemned “the crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan” and called to end “systemic repression” of human rights defenders, the media, and those critical of the government, including politically motivated prosecutions.
The Assembly also called for the release of all political prisoners in Azerbaijan.
Reacting to the PACE resolution, Samad Seyidov, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, said the adopted document was “an empty and unnecessary piece of paper”.
Seyidov said the resolution was also the work of anti-Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian lobby who are “ready to take any steps and even to destroy themselves in order to underestimate the ongoing developments in Azerbaijan”.