Statement by the Secretary General on the arrest of Leyla Yunus
I am deeply concerned about the reports relating to the detention of Leyla Yunus and the opening of a prosecution case against her husband, Arif Yunus, who are both well-known human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.
I conveyed my concerns and asked for further information and clarification of this case in a telephone conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elnur Mammadyarov.
I expect that the ongoing enquiry by the judicial authorities into the alleged actions of these two prominent civil society representatives will meet the required Council of Europe standards.
Colloquium “Initiatives to strengthen international capacities for the protection of cultural property and the prevention of illicit trafficking in cultural goods – the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property”
High level Seminar co-organised by the Council of Europe and the European Network of Nation Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) on Freedom of expression – role and powers of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and other national mechanisms