Сегодня Комиссар Миятович опубликовала письмо, адресованное министру внутренних дел Азербайджана г-ну Вилаяту Эйвазову, в котором она выражает обеспокоенность по поводу разгона демонстрантов во время недавних протестов в Баку и ограничений, налагаемых на свободу собраний в этом контексте.
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The Commissioner is concerned in particular about the banning of all forms of peaceful protest in the centre of Baku; the excessive use of force against demonstrators by law enforcement officials during the dispersal of demonstrations which still go ahead,; the arrests and convictions to administrative fines and detentions of protesters; as well as the allegations of mistreatment of journalists covering the protests by law enforcement officials.
The Commissioner observes that the authorities continue to interpret the Azerbaijani legislation on assemblies as requiring prior permission to hold such gatherings. She also stresses that peaceful protesters should not be sanctioned for the mere fact of being present at and actively participating in a demonstration and calls on the authorities to effectively investigate all cases of injuries that peaceful protesters and journalists reportedly sustained as a result of force used by law enforcement officials.
She concludes by requesting information on measures taken to verify the lawfulness of the arrests and to investigate the allegations of physical ill-treatment and other forms of abuse of participants in protests.