Azerbaijan: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st March 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Azerbaijan Government on human rights in that country.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

​The Government monitors the human rights situation in Azerbaijan closely and regularly presses the government to meet its international obligations. I raised human rights with President Aliyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Khalafov during my visit to Azerbaijan in September. In recent months UK officials in Baku have raised concerns over a range of issues including the conviction of journalist Afghan Mukhtarli and pressure faced by Azerbaijan's human rights lawyers.

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