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Secretary General Jagland calls for immediate release of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Strasbourg , 

I am concerned that a Baku court ordered the two-month pre-trial detention of prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

Her arrest was unnecessary. It sends a very negative message to the civil society in Azerbaijan and to the international community.

It once again puts pressure on journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and fundamentally contradicts the commitments Azerbaijan undertook when it became a member state of the Council of Europe.

I call for the immediate release of Khadija Ismayilova and of the many other Azerbaijani partners of the Council of Europe currently deprived of their liberty.