Azerbaijan: Council of Europe Membership

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will press the Government of Azerbaijan to secure the fundamental right to fair elections and free expression in accordance with the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and its First Protocol.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Government will continue to play its part in the Committee of Ministers in pressing Azerbaijan to honour the commitments which it made on becoming a member of the Council of Europe. These included undertakings to hold free and fair elections and to introduce standard legislation to guarantee freedom of expression. The Committee of Ministers has made special arrangements to monitor Azerbaijan's fulfilment of these commitments. This has already led to the re-staging of elections where irregularities have been discovered.

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