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EU welcomes Azerbaijani president's pardon decree

8 January 2013 10:36 (UTC+04:00)
EU welcomes Azerbaijani president's pardon decree

The EU Delegation in Azerbaijan has welcomed the December 26th Presidential decree pardoning 87 convicts, including a number of civil society activists, representatives of opposition parties and journalists.

"The EU Delegation considers this as a move forward by Azerbaijan in its efforts to strengthen the respect for fundamental rights and freedoms" and "expects that this decision will be complemented by other constructive measures," a statement said.

The EU Delegation will continue to assist Azerbaijan in fulfilling its commitments with regards to the promotion of democracy and rule of law, in line with norms and values of the EU, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, the statement added.

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