STATEMENT ON SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AZERBAIJAN
IN THE RUN-UP TO THE 23 DECEMBER 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
EMDS is concerned about the current socio-political situation in Azerbaijan in the run-up to the 23 December 2014 Municipal Elections and regretfully states that shortcoming in ensuring human rights and political freedoms in the country do not allow holding free and fair elections.
Gross violations of human rights and crackdown on civil society and opposition political parties, as well as systematic restriction of political freedoms, particularly, freedom of expression, assembly and association observed prior to the Municipal Elections does not allow establishment of democratic environment necessary for holding free and fair elections in Azerbaijan.
The organization states that due to increasing government pressure and repression by the authorities, as well as the situation of political freedoms, which does not allow holding democratic elections, it will not carry out long-term and short-term observation of the 2014 Municipal Elections
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