European Liberals strongly condemn the recent clampdown on liberal activists in Azerbaijan. Among others Tofig Yagublu, deputy chairman of ALDE member party Musavat was arrested and charged with “violation of public order”.
Liberals welcome the statement by European top officials and encourage the European Commission to strongly defend fundamental human rights in their bilateral discussions with the Azeri authorities.
Already last year, European Liberals ran a vigilant campaign to help freeing political prisoners in an increasingly authoritarian country. We will continue to fulfill our role as guardians of civil liberties inside the EU and beyond. Civil liberties are an indispensable precondition for human progress and are universal individual human rights!