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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland Welcomes Release Of Azerbaijan Blogger

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland hopes the decision by an Azerbaijan court to release a blogger will help to remove concerns about the country’s commitment to free expression.

He said: "I am relieved that Adnan Hajizadeh, one of the bloggers and youth activists arrested in July 2009, was today granted early release by the Baku Appeal Court.

“I very much hope that second blogger, Emin Milli will also be released soon. Their imprisonement but also the failure to free Eynulla Fatullayev cast a shadow of doubt on the freedom of expression which Azerbaijan is obliged to respect as a member of the Council of Europe and a party to the European Convention on Human Rights. Immediate freedom for both Adnan and Emil would help to alleviate some of our concerns in this respect."

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