The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Rene Van Der Linden being on a visit in our country met with law defenders.
The law defenders brought to the attention of the guest the tense situation, the political struggle conducted by means of “black PR”, the problem of the Election Code on changing the composition of the commissions and restoring the right of NGOs to observe the elections was not solved, and the existed problem in distribution of identity cards.
They also informed that imprisonment of some former political prisoners is kept, and many persons are in migration. The law defenders also said that rights of hundreds of citizens were violated as a result of unfair judgments delivered by the courts.
Then the PACE president met with the heads of some press organs acting in the country. The sides discussed the pre-election situation, existing situation of the press, violation of the rights of the journalists, attacks to some press organs in Azerbaijan and etc.
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