Azerbaijan: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Official Raps Baku
A leading representative of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly is voicing concern about the fairness of Azerbaijan’s upcoming parliamentary elections on November 1.
In a statement issued October 27, Isabel Santos, the Portuguese head of the assembly’s Democracy and Human Rights Committee, cautioned that an ongoing Azerbaijani government crackdown on basic freedoms is having a “particularly damaging effect” on the country’s electoral process.
“On the eve of parliamentary elections, when independent voices are crucial for having an informed debate about the country’s direction, Azerbaijani citizens will especially suffer from the silence their government has imposed,” Santos was quoted as saying in the OSCE PA statement.
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