The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visits Azerbaijan today to discuss deepening cooperation between the two entities. The visit comes two months after the transfer of the leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif, from detention to house arrest for medical reasons.
The immediate and unconditional release of all wrongfully detained human rights defenders, journalists and activists, including Intigam Aliyev, Rasul Jafarov, Khadija Ismayilova, Ilgar Mammadov, Anar Mammadli, Tofiq Yagublu, and Rauf Mirgadirov.
Removal of unfair restrictions that prevent the Yunuses from traveling abroad for medical treatment.
Repeal of legislation that restricts the legitimate work of independent organizations, human rights groups, and journalists.
Mogherini has a perfect opportunity to show the Azerbaijani leadership what kinds of partners are worthy of EU collaboration and cooperation. For the sake of human rights protection in Azerbaijan and the EU’s own integrity, I hope she uses it.