Azerbaijan dictatorship tries to intimidate Dutch parliament

This video says about itself:

Tortured in Azerbaijan for peaceful protest event on Facebook

14 May 2014

Shahin Novruzlu and fellow youth activists from the pro-democracy movement NIDA campaigned for democracy and against human rights abuses and widespread corruption in Azerbaijan. In March 2013 they created a Facebook event calling for a peaceful protest against injustice in the country.

Shortly afterwards, Shahin and seven other NIDA activists were arrested. Some of them were tortured. As a result, Shahin, who was 17 years old at the time, lost four of his front teeth. His friend Mammad lost hearing in one ear.

Shahin and the rest of the activists are currently in detention on false charges of illegal firearms possession and plotting mass disorder. They were all sentenced for between 6 and 8 years on the same day that Azerbaijan was declared as the next Chairman of the principal human rights institution in Europe, the Council of Europe.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Socialist Party MP touches raw nerve Azerbaijan

Today, 12:52

Azerbaijan has objected to the participation of the Socialist Party MP Van Bommel in a conference on the Nagorno-Karabakh region. At the Free University in Amsterdam there will be coming weekend a meeting about that region, under control since 1994 by Armenian troops and militias.

In a letter to parliament the embassy of Azerbaijan writes that they deeply regret Van Bommel’s presence at the congress.


“Pure intimidation and propaganda,” Van Bommel called the letter. He says he does not care about it.

The embassy expects that the “authorities will ensure that Van Bommel at the seminar on non-recognized countries will act in accordance with international law.” When asked to clarify this the embassy remained silent. …

MPs announced that they will jointly express their displeasure towards the embassy.

Also translated from NOS TV:

In Azerbaijan, major oil companies, such as BP, ExxonMobil and Chevron are active.

Dutch government deports Azeri refugee, arrested two days after arrival in Azerbaijan: here.

5 thoughts on “Azerbaijan dictatorship tries to intimidate Dutch parliament

  1. AZERBAIJAN: Elections held yesterday are likely to see the return of President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party.

    The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe refused to monitor the vote after the authorities demanded that it cut the number of observers.

    Mr Aliyev’s government is notorious for denying free expression and for holding elections that fall below democratic standards.


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