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Parliamentary questions
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16 February 2017
E-001049-17
Question for written answer E-001049-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kati Piri (S&D) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Marietje Schaake (ALDE)

 Subject:  Meeting between President Ilham Aliyev and President Juncker
 Answer in writing 

The President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, met with President Ilham Aliyev on 6 February 2017 to discuss a new EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Agreement. At the same time, the Azerbaijani Government has continued to restrict the scope for critical journalism and political activity on the part of the opposition and has imprisoned many human rights activists. A record number of 160 political prisoners are currently jailed.

1. Was the European External Action Service (EEAS) aware of and involved in this meeting to ensure that concerns related to human rights and the continuing violations of fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan were raised? How does the EEAS monitor all judicial proceedings in Azerbaijan against human rights defenders, journalists and political prisoners?

2. Has the Commission and/or VP/HR discussed Ilgar Mammadov’s case with Mr Aliyev as well as the ongoing violation by Azerbaijan of the European Convention on Human Rights by not complying with the 2014 ruling of the Court of Human Rights?

3. Under what conditions would a new agreement with Azerbaijan be negotiated, especially in light of the fact that democracy and human rights, as stipulated in Article 2 of the old agreement, are clearly still not being respected by the government?

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