Azerbaijani journalists cannot ask questions from the PACE co-rapporteurs
The Office of the Council of Europe in Baku cancelled press conference of the co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee, Pedro Agramunt and Joseph Gresh, on the results of his visit to Azerbaijan appointed for January 23 at 18:00 pm. Nothing is reported about the reasons for the cancellation of the press conference.
Journalists from independent and opposition media were deprived of the opportunity to get answers to questions that arose during the visit of co-rapporteurs.
Today at a press conference on the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunus, publicly accused Agramunt and Gresh of cooperation with the Azerbaijani authorities, and called them on to resign.
Yunus believes that both speakers are responsible for the increase in the number of political prisoners in the period of monitoring by then a socio-political situation in Azerbaijan.
She asked journalists to ask the co-rapporteurs what amounts they receive from the Azerbaijani authorities for their service and loyalty.
Earlier, leaders of opposition parties, after a meeting with the co-rapporteurs , stated they would boycott a meeting with them.
In January 2013 Agramunt twice made a speech at PACE against the report of Strasser on political prisoners in Azerbaijan , thus opening the green light to official Baku to replenish new political prisoners. In Azerbaijan, according to Yunus, there are 135 prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. —0—