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PACE monitoring rapporteur to visit Azerbaijan

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 4 to 6 July 2019, to further assess the honouring of its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe, since the adoption of PACE Resolution 2184 (2017).

In Baku, the rapporteur is due to meet with the President of the Republic, the Head of his Administration and the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Justice. In Parliament, meetings will be held with the Speaker of Parliament, the Heads of the political parties represented in the Parliament and the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE.

He is due to meet representatives of the extra-parliamentary opposition and the judicial authorities, as well as human rights defenders and representatives of independent media and the diplomatic community.

Mr Schennach has also requested individual talks with persons held in detention.