“Considerable tension directed towards Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty raises serious concerns” – AIDHR

Officers of the Department has raided the head office of Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) located in Caspian Business Center in Yasamal district, Baku on December 26. According to head of press service of General Prosecutor Office Eldar Sultanov, the raid was conducted by the officers of General Prosecutor Office Grave Crimes Investigation Department. He noted that the search had no links with investigation process launched against Khadija Ismailova who was a fellow of the radio. He added that the raid is related to the case which is under the investigation of Grave crimes investigation Department.

With respect to the the search and closure of the Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) declares that the raid conducted by the law enforces at the radio contradicts constitutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, its law on mass means and international conventions joined by Azerbaijan. It’s also inadmissible to hinder operation of the independent media by considerable interventions.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) also considers that questioning employees of the radio and police raid is the harsh pressure on independent mass media means.

AIDHR declares that investigation process going on Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) must be conducted in line with the relevant legislation and the principle of rule of law has to be observed. The statement reads: “Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights expresses its deep concerns over the search and raid carried out at Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and calls on Azerbaijan government to respect provisions of law applied to the operation of independent mass media means”.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR)
29 December, 2014
Baku city, Republic of Azerbaijan

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“Considerable tension directed towards Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty raises serious concerns” – AIDHR

December 29th, 2014

Officers of the Department has raided the head office of Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) located in Caspian Business Center in Yasamal district, Baku on December 26. According to head of press service of General Prosecutor Office Eldar Sultanov, the raid was conducted by the officers of General Prosecutor Office Grave Crimes Investigation Department. He noted that the search had no links with investigation process launched against Khadija Ismailova who was a fellow of the radio. He added that the raid is related to the case which is under the investigation of Grave crimes investigation Department.

With respect to the the search and closure of the Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) declares that the raid conducted by the law enforces at the radio contradicts constitutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, its law on mass means and international conventions joined by Azerbaijan. It’s also inadmissible to hinder operation of the independent media by considerable interventions.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) also considers that questioning employees of the radio and police raid is the harsh pressure on independent mass media means.

AIDHR declares that investigation process going on Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) must be conducted in line with the relevant legislation and the principle of rule of law has to be observed. The statement reads: “Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights expresses its deep concerns over the search and raid carried out at Baku bureau of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and calls on Azerbaijan government to respect provisions of law applied to the operation of independent mass media means”.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR)
29 December, 2014
Baku city, Republic of Azerbaijan

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