British minister condemns the verdict against Hasan Huseynli

British Minister for Europe, David Lidington, condemned the verdict against the human rights activist Hassan Huseynli.

“I note with great disappointment the sentencing  Ganja-based NGO leader Hasan Huseynli to six years on hooliganism related charges. In recent years the British Embassy  in Baku worked closely with Mr. Huseynli on projects designed to promote social entrepreneurship and strengthen female participation in civil society. Mr Huseynli joins a growing number of civil society activists sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

I again call on Azerbaijan to address concerns felt by many about the increasingly worrying trend of detentions and prison sentences which appear to be politically motivated, reads the statement  of  Lidington.  -16D-

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