Head of AIDHR: “We hope a pardon decree will be signed until the end of year”

2014 was tough year for Azerbaijan in terms of human rights issue. A series of arrests of leading journalists, lawyers and socio-political activists harmed relations between Azerbaijan and international organizations.

In order to relieve tension Azerbaijani government initiated some measures from now on and made humanist steps. Through the decrees on pardon signed by Ilham Aliyev, Head of the country hundreds of prisoners were released.

As the end of 2014 is approaching we expect to have another decree on pardon. Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) voiced his assurance that Head of the country Ilham Aliyev adhering to humanism principles will sign another decree on pardoning prisoners till the end of yea. “I think 2015 will be distinguishing year for Azerbaijan. In this upcoming year holding the first ever European Games and next parliamentary election will focus world countries’ attention in Azerbaijan. Therefore, through the decree on pardoning prisoners it’s possible to have better relations between Azerbaijan and the West. On behalf of AIDHR, we do believe that until the end of year the next pardon decree will be signed”

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