Bishop of Southwark asks about human rights in Azerbaijan

The Bishop of Southwark received the following written answer on 5th July 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Southwark asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case of the Azeri imam Sardar Babayev, who has been arrested on a charge of treason, and (2) the state of human rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The UK Government has not made an assessment on the case of Imam Sardar Babayev. As part of our ongoing close dialogue, we regularly encourage the Government of Azerbaijan to take substantive measures to protect the human rights of all citizens. We have also raised concerns regarding measures that curtail human rights in Azerbaijan. Most recently, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the UK Representative highlighted the need for the Azerbaijani Government to ensure fundamental freedoms and human rights are protected by the State.


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