EaP Civil Society Forum condemns police response at Baku protest on 1 December

EaP Civil Society Forum condemns police response at Baku protest on 1 December

December 7, 2021

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee has decisively condemned the “disproportionately violent response” of the police during a protest in Baku on 1 December, and restrictions on the freedom of assembly in Azerbaijan.

On 1 December, around 50 citizens, mostly women, civil society members, youth activists, and members of political parties gathered to raise their voices against the unlawful detention of political prisoners, namely Saleh Rustamli, who has been on a hunger strike over the last 26 days. The peaceful rally was violently dispersed by the police force, with many protesters injured, detained, and arrested, the EaP CSF said.

The EaP CSF Steering Committee calls on the government of Azerbaijan to condemn such an excessive use of force and to respect the constitutional rights of the citizens.

All citizens detained on politically motivated criminal charges and administrative charges in connection to those two rallies should be released immediately,” the statement says.

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