“On 19 October dozens of people were detained in Baku following their attempt to rally peacefully,” said EU Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan.
“Excessive and unprovoked force was reportedly used to disperse the crowds and arrest participants,” added the Spokesperson.
“Such incidents need to be investigated. We equally call on the authorities to release peaceful protesters remaining in detention.”
The EU commented that the “freedom of assembly is a fundamental human right and we expect Azerbaijan to ensure that it can be fully exercised, in line with the country’s international obligations”.
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