Early day motion 718

HUMAN RIGHTS IN AZERBAIJAN

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Total number of signatures: 25

Anderson, David Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Clwyd, Ann
Corbyn, Jeremy Durkan, Mark Flynn, Paul Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin Jackson, Glenda
Leech, John Llwyd, Elfyn McCrea, Dr William McDonnell, John
McInnes, Liz Osborne, Sandra Russell, Bob Shannon, Jim
Simpson, David Stunell, Andrew Ward, David Williams, Mark
Wright, David

That this House condemns the widespread human rights abuses carried out by authorities in Azerbaijan, which have escalated with the recent spate of politically motivated arrests of independent journalists and human rights defenders; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Khadija Ismayilova, Leyla Yunus, Intigam Aliyev, Rasul Jafarov, Anar Mammadli and other political prisoners in the country; is appalled by reports of mistreatment and torture of some of these prisoners, in particular Leyla Yunus; notes that these arrests have taken place in the context of a broader crackdown, as the authorities have worked to systematically eliminate criticism and dissent; is further concerned by the closing down of Radio Free Europe's offices in Baku; further notes the strong statement made by the UK Government in response to these arrests; and calls on the UK Government to make further representations about these and related matters.