Letter of Support- EMDS- 08.11.2013
European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) expresses its support to the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDSC) from Azerbaijan, as an organization and its members and fully seconds the activities that are part of the organizations’ mission to work on the development of the democratic processes.
Almost three weeks after the Presidential elections in Azerbaijan were conducted, one of the ENEMO member and founder organization is being placed under pressure as it used to be before the conduct of the very same elections. Once again, the aim of the pressure is to prevent the organization and its members to exercise their activities and by that to contribute towards free and fair election processes within the country.
Namely, in Baku, Azerbaijan, group of police investigators raided the office of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDSC) and seized the computers and documents. This action of the Prosecutor General’s Office was marked by the authorities as investigation “regarding irregularities recorded at the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre”.
Unfortunately once again ENEMO network and its members are morally obliged to condemn such actions and to support its member organization EMDSC.
European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations - ENEMO, which unites 22 organizations from the countries of Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, is more than concerned and worried about the recent events in Azerbaijan referring to its member, since there is an on-going pressure on the watch dog activities. ENEMO recognizes such actions violent, oppressive and impermissible for the civil society of Azerbaijan.
This disgraceful fact once again proves that the officials in Azerbaijan do not follow the international agreements, as well as the provisions of its Constitution.
Organizations-members of ENEMO are united on the principles of respect for the international standards in the field of freedom of associations, and at the same time they also contribute to the development of democracy and human rights principles in their countries.
ENEMO, in its turn, calls on the international organizations and the countries that host ENEMO members to address the Azerbaijani government with a concern over the state of human rights in Azerbaijan and demand to immediately stop the intense pressure on the public activists.
Having on mind the experience and professionalism within the EMDSC personnel and members, it is with no doubt to believe that EMDSC will do its best to meet the mission goals regardless the pressure and intimidations.
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